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Church reopening: CAN holds virtual meeting today

Church reopening: CAN holds virtual meeting today


The Christian Association of Nigeria would hold a virtual meeting with Christian leaders on Wednesday to review guidelines, which might prevent the spread of COVID-19 in churches after the reopening of worship centres within the country.


The PUNCH has learnt.
The apex Christian group within the country said the rules would be submitted to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control for review and advice.

This followed a call by the Director-General of the NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, on Thursday at the news conference of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, that faith-based organisations, including churches and mosques, to submit guidelines for reopening to the NCDC to review and advise them.

The Special Assistant on Media and Communications to CAN President, Adebayo Oladeji, in an interview with The PUNCH on Tuesday in Abuja, said the association was acting on the rules .

Also, a top official of CAN told The PUNCH , on Tuesday evening, that consultations with various groups within the blocs in CAN were ongoing in anticipation of the Wednesday meeting.
“The CAN President, Reverend Supo Ayokunle, is extremely busy at the moment as he has been having a series of meetings with various groups for hours. We aren't sure of how long the meeting would last because there are two more groups waiting to meet with him separately tonight .
“This is said to the rules on modalities to follow after the lockdown is lifted. there'll be a clearer picture by tomorrow (Wednesday). After the consultation with the leaders of the blocs in CAN, a virtual meeting would hold. Perhaps, the online meeting on Wednesday (today) would cause the constitution of a committee that might make a recommendation on the ultimate steps to be taken.
“After the meeting, a transparent picture will be given. i feel the inspiration upon which steps to follow would be based is being laid at the moment,” he said.

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