The Ondo state government Monday commended Churches for compliance with laid down rules on partial lifting of ban on religious activities.
The Commissioner for Health and Chairman Interministerial Committee on COVID- 19, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, who led the committee and Task force to monitor and enforce compliance, said he was impressed by what he saw. He gave Churches in the state pass mark.
He said: “Though there were minor issues and there is room for improvement, the compliance rate shows that religious leaders in the state are keeping to the agreement they reached with government.”
Dr. Adegbenro stated that the situation is still 25 confirmed cases out of which 20 have been discharged, two dead and three still receiving treatment at the state’s Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH).
The chairman, Governor’s Special Taskforce and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Special Duties, Dr Doyin Odebowale said the monitoring took place because unlocking has to be controlled. He was of the opinion that the level of compliance was impressive.
He advised the people of the state to obey government’s precautionary directives so that the pandemic can be kept at bay.
In their reactions, Reverend Canon Zacheaus Ashabi of St.Mary the Virgin Anglican Church and Ven.Thomson Olu Akinboro of Anglican Church, Kajola Quarters, Akure, were very happy that the government decided to lift the ban on religious activities.
They promised to continue to abide by and obey in totality with government’s rules governing the lift of ban as agreed upon.
The monitoring afforded the team the opportunity to distribute nose masks to Churches visited.