Reopening: Ogun State Assesses Mosques, Churches

As part of an effort to ascertain the level of preparedness of worship centers towards their reopening in Ogun State , the government has sent a delegation to visit churches and mosques .
The delegation comprised the State Commissioner for Health, Dr . Tomi Coker , her counterparts in the Physical Planning and Urban Development , and Environment , Tunji Odunlami , and Abiodun Abudu- Balogun respectively .
The delegation held a meeting with clerics after they inspected preventive measures provided by respective faith -based organizations
The delegation visited churches and mosques in Ijebu Remo and Egbaland.
Addressing journalists after the visit , Commissioner for Health, Dr . Mrs . Tomi Coker , noted that mixed reactions were noticed among the religious bodies on their level of preparedness .
She said an intelligent decision towards reopening of the worship centers would be considered based on evidence at government disposal , for the overall benefit of worshippers.
She said , “ We observed mixed reactions from the religious leaders on their level of preparedness because some have shown that they cannot actually guarantee the safety of their congregants from the COVID - 19 pandemic and there are some that have complied with the laid down protocols. ”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Environment , Abudu- Balogun , commended some of the worship centers on their level of preparedness towards reopening.
He expressed satisfaction on the decontamination of the centers , he emphasised the need to continue the exercise before and after each service.
Abudu- Balogun said , “ We are here on the directive of Governor Dapo Abiodun to ascertain the level of compliance , as well as the preparedness of worship centers towards reopening.
“From the environmental point of view , we can see a high level of preparedness regarding decontamination of worship centers .
“ What we noticed and needs to be addressed urgently is the ratio of chemical required to decontaminate the premises . ”
Odunlami in his remark said the assessment visit was an ongoing engagement between government and faith - based organisations on possible relaxation of the lockdown order , noting that the idea was to ensure the safety of the people

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