- Six churches have been sealed by the Bayelsa government for violating laid down COVID-19 operational protocols
- The Bayelsa ministry of information disclosed that the churches were sealed by the state's COVID-19 task force
- A spokesperson for the ministry faulted the churches for failing to comply with the COVID-19 safety measures
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Six churches have been sealed by the Bayelsa state government for breaching the operational protocols required to conduct services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Freston Akpor, the permanent secretary, Bayelsa ministry of information, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the churches were sealed by the state’s task force on COVID- 19 on Sunday, May 31.
“The six churches were sealed for failure to comply with safety measures put in place by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic and protect the people of Bayelsa," he said.
According to him, the affected churches are; Living Faith Church, Igbogene; Salvation Victory Centre, Igbogene; Shalom International Christian Centre, along Tombia-Amassoma road and Great Grace Distinguished Assembly, Okutukutu.
Akpor said others are; Brotherhood of the Cross and Star, Opolo and Hebrews International Church, Ayama road.
The government said the churches will remain sealed until further notice.
The Bayelsa state government recently allowed churches to hold services with up to 50 worshipers subject to compliance with strict conditions.
Meanwhile, Governor Yahaya Bello has finally taken heed to the warnings of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) with his decision to impose a total lockdown in Kabba-Bunu local government area in Kogi.
The decision of the governor over the Kabba-Bunu LGA was made known on Monday, June 1, in a statement made available to Legit.ng by his chief press secretary, Onugwo Muhammed
In another report, Governor Kayode Fayemi has relaxed Ekiti state’s lockdown to allow residents to pursue their businesses from Mondays through Fridays, within the hours of 6am to 8pm.
The governor disclosed this on Sunday, May 31, during a statewide broadcast, The Nation reported.
Legit.ng gathers that Governor Fayemi also instructed public officers on Grade Level 8 and above are to resume for duty while those on Grade Level 7 and below are to remain at home till further notice.
Still on health, the reopening of churches has been approved by the Akwa Ibom state government. According to the state’s commissioner for Information, Charles Udoh who disclosed this, said the reopening will commence from Sunday, June 7.
He said the reopening was based on guidelines recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“This is based on guidelines recommended by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) backed by an undertaking to comply and signed by representatives of all the blocs,” he said
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