Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has announced the indefinite suspension of the proposed re-opening of worship centers across the State.
The Governor, who made this pronouncement on Tuesday during a briefing at the State House, Marina, stated that the decision in line with ongoing evaluation of evolving scenarios regarding the course of the infection in Lagos State and the corresponding public health advisory guidelines issued by the experts.
Sanwo-Olu had on June 4th announced that religious gatherings would be allowed to commence from June 19 and June 21, 2020.
“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly. We have been closely monitoring the situation since we made the last pronouncement about permitting the restricted opening of religious houses, and have now concluded that we cannot proceed with any form of re-opening for places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice”, the governor said.
“So, let me say this again: we are now hereby suspending, with immediate effect, the plan to re-open religious houses and places of worship in Lagos State, until further notice. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and continue to base our decision-making on data modelling; as well as on the responsibility we have to act in a manner that ensures the protection of all of you the people of Lagos State,” Sanwo-Olu added.
According to the governor, rising cases of Covid-19 in the state necessitated the new development.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Our State continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, with about 44% of the total number of confirmed cases nationwide. The steady increase in number of confirmed cases is by no means unexpected. Considering that the infection is now very much in our midst, the more we test, the more the number of positive cases that will emerge”.
Speaking further, Sanwo-Olu said the uplifting news is that based on the statistics emerging from the State, more than 90 percent of the people who test positive will go on to fully recover under supervision, and be discharged.
Saying that the State is now fully in the phase of personal responsibility, regarding the pandemic, Sanwo-Olu urged Lagosians to take sensible personal decisions on a daily basis.
“For instance, the decision to use masks anytime you are out of your house, to avoid non-essential travel, to stay at home when we don’t have any business being outside, to wash or sanitize your hands regularly are the simple but necessary steps that will save and protect us all”, he said.
The governor promised his administration would continue to take measures to protect the lives of Lagosians.
He said: “As a government, we will continue to do everything in our power to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the people, but that can only be effective when the people themselves act responsibly, and do not behave in a manner that undermines public health guidelines and puts the society at risk.”