Osun State Government has rescinded its earlier decision banning churches from holding cross-over services.
This was contained in a statement on Tuesday signed by the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs Funke Egbemode.
In the statement titled, ‘Covid-19: Osun gives fresh directives on Crossover Service’, the commissioner said the government’s sensitivity to the mood of the season has necessitated a review of its earlier position.
Egbemode said, “The Government of the State of Osun has decided to allow cross over religious gatherings, But any organisation holding cross over service must note that they are expected to close the service early and everyone must be off the streets by 1:00am.
“Security operatives have been given the directive to enforce this guideline. Religious bodies and citizens are therefore advised to comply because we do not want anyone to spend the first day of the year in police custody.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that due to fears over the second wave of COVID-19 spreading across Ondo, the state government has cancelled crossover service in churches across the state.
The government in a decisive bid to curb further spread on Wednesday, December 23, scratched services scheduled to hold at midnight of January 1, 2021.
Prof. Adesegun Fatusi, the chairman, Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on coronavirus, made the announcement while speaking with journalists in Akure, the state capital.
In a related development, all churches in Lagos state have been directed to close their cross-over night services by 11 pm on December 31, 2020.
The directive was issued by the Lagos state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in a statement on Tuesday, December 29.
The statement was signed by the CAN chairman in Lagos, Bishop Steven Adegbite.
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