Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, yesterday met with religious leaders as part of steps to reopen worship centres shut to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Fayemi at the meeting inaugurated a committee to fashion out modalities and come out with workable protocol that won’t compromise lives of worshippers after the religious centres might have been reopened.
The committee is made up of representatives of the state government, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA). Represented by the Deputy Governor, Bisi Egbeyemi, Fayemi gave the committee one week to submit its report.
Fayemi who stressed that the lives of the people of the state are very precious to him, noted that the meeting was in fulfillment of the promise he made in the statewide broadcast he made on May 31 and urged the committee to take cognizance of full compliance to the Covid-19 protocols in coming out with its recommendations.
Members of the Committee from the government side are the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Mojisola Yaya-Kolade; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Foluso Daramola; Commissioner for Special Duties, Ayodele Jinadu; Head of Service, Peju Babafemi and Director General, Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery, Mobolaji Aluko.
Christian leaders on the committee include the state CAN Chairman, Fr. Peter Olowolafe; Bishop Clement Abifarin and Rev. Joshua Orikogbe. Muslim leaders in the committee include the state President of NSCIA, Yakubu Sanni; M.A. Abdulsalami and M.A. Abdul Raheem.