CAN says churches in Ilorin were compliant
Many churches in Kwara State adhered to NCDC protocols as they opened for services last Sunday. This was after a long period of closure following suspension on public worship centers due to coronavirus pandemic.
According to a report by The Nation, the churches complied strictly with the safety protocols on covid-19 directed by the Federal Government. Likewise, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) said the churches located in Ilorin the state capital were compliant. They engaged the use of face masks, infrared thermometer and hand sanitizers.
In addition to this, they observed the rules of social distancing and also provided wash hand basins and water taps.
Last week, the state government had declared the opening of worship centers based on conformity with NCDC protocols.
Consequently, the committee said that it had obtained 98% complicity “of all churches and their leaders.”
Shina Ibiyemi, the Compliance Committee Chairman in his report stated: “We met most of the clergymen sensitizing their congregations about Covid-19 and precautionary measures to take.
“Some of the churches visited did not open so as to plan and arrange for full compliance.
“The committee members were greatly impressed by the performance and compliance of all churches visited.”
However, the legal practitioner Ibiyemi said that some churches remained shut as they were yet to educate their members on safety precautions.
Churches that didn’t open
Also, CAN’s spokesperson of the state said: “For ease of reference, some of the churches that did not open are: C & S Movement Churches; The Apostolic Churches; Methodist Churches; Baptist Churches; ECWA Chapel Challenge; Word Assembly Church headquarters; Mountain of Fire Headquarters; Commonwealth of Zion Assembly (COZA) Pipeline road; Rhema Chapel Tanke; Celestial Churches; UMCATCA and Deeper Life Bible Churches.
Churches that opened
“Some of the churches that opened and complied are St. Joseph Catholic Cathedral; St. Barnabas Anglican Cathedral; Headquarters Sabo Oke; St. James Catholic Church Sabo Oke; Powerful Prayer Bible Church; CAC Oke Ayo Sabo Oke, Living Grace International Church; First ECWA Taiwo and CAC Oke Isegun Taiwo.
Others are Potter’s Porch Unity; Christ The Messiah Church: the Resolution Church of Christ; Winners Chapel Gaa Imam; Dunamis Christian Center; Winners Chapel First Church Offa Garage; Mount Olive Anglican Church; Impact House Pipeline; All Saints African Church Gaa Akanbi; Holy Family Catholic Church Gaa Akanbi all within Ilorin, the state capital.
“It was greatly observed that the aged ones were not in, virtually, all the churches visited.
“This committee affirms her readiness to continue to serve as she intends to continue her compliance struggle during the weeks and Sundays.”