The Kwara State government yesterday said fumigation of mosques or churches and mandatory use of thermometers were not preconditions for reopening of worship centres in the state.
The government also said that people of all ages would attend worship centres once they abide by the safety protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
This clarifications came at a meeting the government held with the Ad-hoc Committee of the Kwara State Council of Ulamah, ahead of the official reopening of jumat services across the state.
The meeting was presided over by the Deputy Governor, Kayode Alabi, who was flanked by other top government officials.
At the meeting were the Imam Imale of Ilorin and chairman of the Ad-hoc Committee, Sheikh Abdullahi AbdulHameed; Secretary of the Council of Ulamah Justice S. O. Muhammad; Justice Idris Haroon; the Chief Imam of Offa Sheikh Muhyideen Hussain; Prof. Badmus Yusuf; Dr Yusuf Jimoh Ilala; Khalifah Danfulani Modeboh; Mallam Aliu Jamiu; Dr Mrs Rhoda Ajiboye; Dr. Mrs Saudat Salah AbdulBaqi; Hajiah Risikat Lawal; and Dr Mohammed Ghali Alaya.
The meeting reiterated that mosques and churches can open and may be attended by persons of all ages and genders, but with strict adherence to all safety protocols, such as the use of face masks, physical distancing among worshipers and washing of hands, among others.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Health Matters, Prof. Wale Sulaiman, who spoke on behalf of the government, said the country was not out of the wood yet, given ongoing reports of COVID-19 cases, hence government’s insistence on strict adherence to all safety protocols in order to protect the citizens.