Abdulrazaq Mungadi, Gombe
Gombe Government has announced the conditional suspension of the ban imposed on places of worship to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Governor Inuwa Yahaya announced the suspension yesterday in Gombe after a meeting with religious leaders.
Yahaya said the decision followed assurances from the religious leaders to comply with all health directives on the COVID- 19 pandemic.
The governor expressed delight that the restriction imposed by the state government to contain community spread of the disease had yielded results.
He said that since the religious leaders had given assurances that they would comply with all health authorities’ directives on COVID-19, churches and mosques should open for worship.
The governor directed that some members of the religious organisations be trained by the state’s taskforce on COVID-19 to ensure effective observance of the preventive measures.
However, Yahaya warned that failure of religious organisations to comply with health directives, government would re-impose the ban.
Earlier, Chairman of the state’s Taskforce on COVID-19, Prof. Idris Mohammed, appealed to the people to ensure compliance with the directive by observing physical distancing, regular hand washing, use of face masks and sanitiser.
Mohammed stated that the taskforce would train some members of religious organisations, who would in turn step down the training to create more awareness on preventive measures.