The Ogun State government has announced that worship activities in the state would commence on Friday, 14th August in line with the agreement reached by the committee set up to develop guidelines for the reopening of worship centres.
The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who made this known in a statement issued today, noted that it is of great importance that all stakeholders fully comply with the agreed guidelines, so that the curve of the pandemic could be further flattened.
“After thorough deliberation, consideration and resolution, we decided to reopen the worship centres with effect from Friday 14th August, 2020 as indicated in my last address”, Governor Abiodun said, adding that the protocols for the reopening of the worship centres were jointly designed by religious leaders and the Government and we expect that they will be scrupulously adhered to. Our religious leaders who still have doubts about some of the conditions should feel free to approach the Task Force for clarifications and support,” he stated.
He further enjoined religious leaders to ensure that all guidelines, some of which include wearing of facemasks, provision of running water, decontamination of worship centers before and after every service, provision of Veronica buckets for hand washing, provision of alcohol based hand sanitizers as well as the discouragement of the use of air conditioners among other during worship service are strictly adhered to.
“However, if perchance we discover that any of our religious centres is not complying or adhering to the laid down protocols, we will be left with no alternative than to sanction such centres,” the governor further said.
Abiodun who also said that the restrictions of movement on weekends have been lifted, adding that the number of people at every social gathering has been expanded to a maximum of 50 persons.
On education, the governor, disclosed that Junior Secondary School classes registered for the NECO Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are to return to school from Monday 17th August 2020, while entrance examinations into the Ogun State Boarding Schools will take place on Saturday 12th September 2020.
“Following the release of the timetable for examinations by the National Examination Council (NECO), JSS3 students who have registered for the NECO Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) are to return to school from Monday 17th August 2020, the BECE exam organized by the Ogun State Government will hold at a date to be announced later.