The Lagos state government says that the ban on religious gatherings continues in the state.

Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi, said on Tuesday that Lagos, being the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic would not reopen worship centres until there is a “clear coast for the state to do so”.

He said this  on the sideline of the 2020 Ministerial Press Briefing commemorating the first year of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu In office.

The Federal Government had on Monday, June 1, lifted the ban on mosques and churches gatherings in the country, based on guidelines and protocols agreed with state governments

Elegushi said the state was still looking at the possibility of reopening worship centres despite the FG’s guidelines.

He pleaded for continued collaboration with the State government and adherence to the government’s directives that would be presented to various churches and mosques when they are eventually allowed to gather for their services.

He said that the State government and various leaders of the two religious bodies held several meetings, since the index case was recorded, to agree on strategies to adopt in churches and mosques in order to guarantee the safety of their members

Elegusi disclosed that the outcome of recent consultation with leaders of the two faiths  shows that reopening religious  houses will put worshippers across the state in danger. .

He said, though the Federal Government mentioned it, it never ruled out the state in achieving that pronouncement, so all states will have to look at the possibility of doing so in their respective states

The Commissioner, commended religious leaders in the State for their cooperation and involvement in the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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