BY Akume Raphael, Makurdi
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has lifted ban on religious activities as Muslim faithfuls is set to celebrate 2020 Eid-Li-Fitri.
Gov. Ortom lifted the ban after State Executive Council meeting with the State Action Committee on COVID-19 on Thursday at Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
“Churches and Mosques with effect from today Thursday, May 21, 2020, are to hold staggered worship sessions. This implies that a Church or Mosque which before now held two worship sessions should henceforth conduct four sessions in a day.”
The governor also approved review of COVID-19 measures saying workers on grade levels 1 to 12 who were asked to stay at home are to resume work on June 1, 2020.
The workers are advised to always wear face masks and maintain social distancing as they go to work.
“Street trading is encouraged but strictly obeying social distancing protocol on COVID-19. Markets will be partially opened to enable traders access their shops” he said.
He further said fumigation of markets will be carried out periodically. Inter-state movement remains prohibited, except those on essential services.
He however disclosed that the prevailing curfew in the state will now last between the hours of 8pm to 6am daily, until further notice.
Ortom enjoined farmers of the state to intensify their farming activities saying by doing that it will boost food production to avert possible hunger in the nearest future.
Workers on grade levels 1 to 12 who were asked to stay at home are to resume work on June 1, 2020. The workers are advised to always wear face masks and maintain social distancing as they go to work.
He also urged parents to be patient on the issue of school resumption which he disclosed will be reviewed in the next 14 days.
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