June 15, 2021

Covid19: Nasarawa Govt. distribute facemasks, lifts ban on worship centres


The Nasarawa State Government has announced the lifting of the ban on Mosques and Churches for a period of two weeks in the state.

This was in line with the government decision to distribute over two hundred thousand facemasks and Sanitizers to Imams and Pastors for onward distribution amongst their congregations for safety.

The state Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture, Comrade Dogo Shammah said this was part of the resolutions during a critical stakeholders meeting to review measures put in place to combat further spread of the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic, at the Government House, on Tuesday.

Comrade Dogo Shammah,  who chaired the press briefing after the meeting however, gave conditions for the opening of Mosques and Churches in the state.

He said Imams and Pastors have been mandated to ensure strict compliance to regulations put in place to enable the opening of worship centres.

Specifically, they are to ensure physical distancing, the use of face masks and frequent washing of hands with sanitizers by all those attending either the Mosques or Churches.

“The address to the traditional rulers and religious leaders is that they must keep to the rule” the commissioner said.

He added that tricycles (Keke Napep) are allowed to carry only two passengers but the ban on motorcycle is still enforce except for those on essential duties and should not be more than one person on the motorcycle.

Comrade Shammah said the lifting of the ban will be reviewed at the end of the two weeks, based on the compliance with the stipulated guidelines.