Kwara State Government said it will not take decisions that may either stir up panic or frustrate the relative success it has recorded on the measure to check the transmission of COVID-19 pandemic, even as it considers the reopening of religious services as part of move to gradually ease the lockdown in the state.
The State Commissioner for Communication, Olarewaju Muritala stated this Thursday in his office, while shedding light on the position of the state government regarding the call for reopening of religious centres in the state, sequel to the recent resolutions of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
According a release signed by the Press Secretary of the Ministry of Communication, Olupinla Ayobola, the Commissioner said that the government through the State Technical Committee on COVID-19, had reached agreement with several religious leaders and their umbrella bodies on the modalities to observe their prayers/services that will not compromise the laid down guidelines and safety protocols, saying the challenge has necessitated that all hands must be on deck to defeat the ravaging dreadful virus across the continents.
The Commissioner, who reaffirmed that the government is already contemplating on allowing resumption of religious activities in the Mosques and Churches come June 5, maintained that it will not take it lightly any violation of the guidelines by heads of congregations, which according to him, could be inimical to the public health and indicative of being sabotours.
He said apart from the existing guidelines of washing hands, wearing face mask, maintaining social distance and regular use of sanitizers, no religious centres will be allowed to let in the children, persons above age 65 or those with underlying health conditions and women (Mosque), at least for time being. He said it beomes imperative for all Kwarans to reason along with the government’s steps towards guaranteeing their protection, which he said, must occupy heart of any responsive leadership.
He commended the deputy governor – Led Technical Committee on Covid19 for efficient service delivery and the frontline healthcare givers in various isolation centres for their sacrifices, patriotism and commitment to saving lives of fellow human beings.
Olarewaju, while reiterating the government’s proactiveness against the spread of the disease and to promote public health safety in the state, said kwara is among the highly rated states that take the pandemic with all seriousness, urging, however, the populace to cooperate with Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq in his efforts to transform all sectors and place the state where it belongs.
He also said the rate at which Governor AbdulRazaq has committed efforts and financial resources to transform health sector, as evident in the size of equipment and other essential medical facilities procured as well as the revival of the state oxygen plant to strengthen the capacity to manage serious health cases like COVID-19, it is enough to say Kwara has not remained the same.