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‘Cross-over’ vigil: Ondo gov’t, CAN on collision course

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo State chapter, has directed churches across the state to go ahead with their cross-over night services against the…

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ondo State chapter, has directed churches across the state to go ahead with their cross-over night services against the government’s order.

The state government had banned vigil service to curtail the second wave of COVID-19.

It also postponed the resumption of pupils and students in primary and secondary schools to Monday, 18th January 2020.

But the state chairman of CAN, Reverend John Oladapo, said on Monday that they had not received any directive from the government.

According to him, CAN was not consulted and was not aware of the ban on cross-over vigils.

The chairman, Ondo State Inter-Ministerial Committee on Coronavirus and Vice Chancellor, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, Professor Adesegun Fatusi, said the committee had extensive interaction with various stakeholders, physically and virtually, on the need to take proactive measures against the second wave of COVID-19.

He noted that the state was working to ensure it recorded no substantial cases during the second wave of the pandemic, while imploring people to pay due attention and observance to the precautionary measures put in place to safeguard them.

Professor Fatusi pointed out that no church service organised in respect of the New Year celebration must exceed 10 pm until further notice, in line with federal government directive on curfew.

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