The taskforce on reopening of worship centers in Ogun State have tasked religious leaders and opinion moulders in the society on the need to constantly exchange real time information, opinion and advices amongst the people on COVID-19 prescribed guidelines, with a charge to adhere strictly to laid down preventive guidelines for the reopening of worship centers.
Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, who doubled as the Chairman of the taskforce, while addressing religious leaders during day two assessment visit to worship centers in the Yewa axis of the State, noted that there was need for religious leaders to constantly share first-hand information that would enable their members to take informed decisions that would protect them and their loved ones from being infected by the virus.
” The Governor directed these team of Commissioners and other senior officials of government to move round worship centers across the State to ascertain the level of their preparedness towards reopening.
“What we have recommended for each worship center is to ensure the strict monitoring of people coming in and out of the centers via a dedicated entrance for such, while safety check equipment such as thermometers, Veronica Hand washing bucket, Hand Sanitizers, Use of Face mask, compliance with at least 1.5m physical distancing in sitting arrangements amongst many others.
“We therefore urge our religious leaders to cascade the prescribed protocols to other smaller churches around”, she maintained.
In their separate submissions, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Develooment, TPL. Tunji Odunlami, while speaking on the safety of people lives amidst the pandemic, advised the leadership of the Ilaro Central Mosque to reconsider the use of the uncompleted mosque for prayers to avert a disaster .
Also speaking, Commissioner for Environment, Engr. Lanre Abudu-Balogun urged the leadership of worship centers to ensure the decontamination of the worship premises before and after each corporate service, while recommending the use of a disinfectant chamber for large gatherings.
Responding, the Secretary, League of Imam and Alfas, Ogun State, Alh Tajudeen Adewunmi, who described the visit as a welcome development, noted that the leadership of the worship center had placed banners and other information materials at designated places, while a Sickbay had been put in place for any unforseen circumstances amongst many other measures.
Some of the worship center visited are the headquarters of Living Faith Worldwide, Ota, as well as Cathedral of Christ Church, Ilaro.