By Rasaq Ibrahim, Ado-Ekiti
The governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, met with religious leaders on Friday as part of measures to reopen closed centers of worship to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The governor at the meeting inaugurated a committee to define the modalities and present a viable protocol that does not compromise the lives of the faithful after the religious centers may have reopened.
The committee is composed of representatives of the state government, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Supreme Council of Nigeria for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
Represented by the deputy governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, Fayemi gave the committee a week to submit its report to the state government.
Fayemi, who emphasized that the lives of people in the state are very precious to him, noted that the meeting fulfilled the promise he made in the state broadcast he made on May 31.
The Governor emphasized that attention will be paid to the elaboration of modalities that do not harm the life and health of the faithful.
He explained that his government has always sought harmony between citizens and residents of Ekiti, regardless of their religious beliefs.
The Governor urged the Committee to take note of the full compliance with the Covid-19 protocols when presenting its recommendations.
Government side Committee members are Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade; Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr. Foluso Daramola; Commissioner for Special Duties, Alhaji Ayodele Jinadu; the Head of Service, Ms. Peju Babafemi and General Director, Office of Transformation, Strategy and Delivery, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko.
Christian leaders on the committee include the CAN state president, the side of which is Rev. Fr. Peter Olowolafe; Bishop Clement Abifarin and Rev. Joshua Orikogbe.
Muslim leaders on the committee include NSCIA state president Alhaji Yakubu Sanni; Alhaji M.A. Abdulsalami and Prof. M.A. Abdul Raheem.