Ogun suspends lockdown, to reopen worship centres next week

Ogun state governor Dapo Abiodun has finally suspended the lockdown in the state, adding that the government is considering reopening worship centres.

The governor who disclosed this while addressing journalists at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Thursday said the lockdown would only be lifted during working days while total lockdown is still effective on weekends.

Governor Abiodun disclosed that the government may reopen religious centres next week, adding that state is meeting with religious leaders to design a guideline for the reopening of worship centres.

Responding to critics who have been condemning the governor for opening markets and locking down religious centres, governor Abiodun said religious centres are veritable grounds for the wide spread of the virus.

Explaining the reasons for easing the lockdown, the governor said, “These variations and relaxation in the implementation of the lockdown in Ogun state were informed by our peculiarity and geography and the need of our people to have windows to conduct essential economic activities.

“Besides, as the industrial capital of the nation with the largest number of industries, we also factored in the need not to totally grind down the operations of the industries, in order not to jeopardize the ability of the economy to rebound after the pandemic.”

He disclosed that the state recorded 59 new positive cases within the week, bringing the total number of positive cases in the state to 242.

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