- The FG is worried about the flouting of rules in churches and mosques
- According to the PTF, the protocols were shunned in Abuja and other states
- Going further, it lamented that children were allowed in religious houses despite guidelines against it
The federal government is worried about the way mosques and churches are handling the opening of their worship centres.
Many religious centres in Abuja and Kwara were alleged to have breached guidelines which they reached with the FG before they were allowed to reopen.
The FG is now scared over what will likely happen when worship centres are reopened in Lagos and Ogun states next week.
This was disclosed by a Presidential Task Force (PTF) source who spoke with The Nation.
The news outlet also reported that as opposed to the rule barring children from worship centres, many kids were allowed into churches.
Going further, the news outlet reported that in many of the centres, there was no observance of social distancing while churches also extended their services beyond the one hour limit.
Legit.ng had reported that Nigerians and state governments were not cooperating on COVID-19 testing with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
According to Vanguard, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 on Monday, June 8, decried the refusal of Nigerians to show up for testing.
The task force appealed to the House of Representatives to educate Nigerians on the need to submit themselves for testing.
Dr. Chikwe Ihekwazu, the director-general of NCDC, speaking at an investigative hearing held by the House of Reps Public Account Committee, noted that it was unfortunate that state governments are not cooperating with the federal health agency in the testing process.
While lamenting on not knowing how the COVID-19 pandemic would last, the NCDC boss said that presently the viral disease is at the community transmission level.
Ihekwazu said even though NCDC has the capacity to carry out over 200,000 tests per day, so far Nigeria has only carried out about 100,000 tests.
He stressed the refusal of people to cooperate would make it difficult to ascertain the level of infection in the country in order to allow for proper planning if people were not tested.
“It is unfortunate that state governments are not cooperating with us on the issue of testing. Many Nigerians are also not coming forward to be tested. We are pleading with lawmakers to help the PTF talk to people in the grassroots to come forward for testing,” he said.
The NCDC DG also noted that the refusal of Nigerians to make themselves available for testing was partly responsible for the low number of testing.
He said it was unlikely that Nigeria has got to the peak of the pandemic, saying it might be safer to say Nigeria was at the beginning of a major pandemic.
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