The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued guidelines which all churches in Nigeria will stick to ensure safety in the church.
Below is the statement from the CAN president and the directives from the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued draft guidelines for the reopening of churches in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by CAN President, Reverend Samson Ayokunle.
The statement said, “We are discussing with the federal government on the re-opening of the churches nationwide. We know the danger of COVID-19 is not over yet but we are thinking that if we engage this method of congregational cry unto God over the pandemic, God would hear our prayers.
The government from our discussions wants us to draw up suggested guidelines for worship in keeping with COVID-19 containment requirements and submit for approval.”
“Below is a draft which I want you to see and possibly add to, if there is any remaining.
“Quick response is important because I and the Sultan of Sokoto would hold a zoom meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation this week.
“We hope that latest by the first week in June, we would be back in churches nationwide.
The suggested guidelines.
- Churches should disinfect their premises first before they are reopened for services.
- Churches should provide alcoholic sanitizers, temperature readers, soap and water in their Premises to be supervised by medical professionals in the Church.
- Every worshipper must either use soap to wash their hands or apply sanitizers.
- The temperature of every worshipper must be taken before admission into the church and people with the high temperature should not be allowed into the church but be advised to go and see their doctors.
- Every worshipper must wear facemask.
- Social distancing should be observed in the sitting arrangement with one meter gap between two worshippers.
- One and a half hour service is enough for a start.
- There should be a gap of 25 or 30 minutes between one service and another where there are multiple services to avoid crowd.
- Churches can make use of classrooms and multipurpose halls for services where available, especially in big churches in order to accommodate more worshippers at a go. TV circuit and speakers can be used for those who are not inside the main auditorium.
- Handshaking and hugging should be avoided before, during and after the service.
- Prayers should be offered to God for a speedy end of COVID-19 and quick recovery of all that are afflicted by the pandemic. Prayers should also be offered for those frontline workers for divine protection.
- CAN in each state and local government should constitute a committee together with law enforcement agencies in their area to enforce full compliance. Such civilian compliance officials should be given backing by the governments to apprehend those who contravene the worship regulations and hand them over to law enforcement agents.
- Churches observing Holy Communion service should use separate cup for each participant.
Thank you for the anticipated prompt response.
For the King,
Rev. Dr. Samson O. A. Ayokunle
Nothing must happen to Bishop kukah, those who are planning it know what I am saying. Apostle Suleman warns
The senior pastor of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, Apostle Johnson Suleman has warned those planning to attack the revered Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah to desist from it. He tweeted the warning via his verified tweeter account in the early hours of Wednesday 30th December, 2020
Recall that Kukah had accused the president of nepotism, adding that he was sacrificing Nigeria for the pleasure of the north. Some northern groups including Arewa Youth Consultative Forum have come hard on Kukah, calling for his prosecution.
Read Apostle Suleman’s tweet below
Nothing must happen to Bishop kukah.
those who are planning it know what I am saying..
let’s not trigger what would snowball into more drama..
leave unarmed critics and deal with armed terrorists..
Dont touch bishop kukah.
when you touch God’s ministers,God would reply you..
Meet Eugene Ufoka, PLO Lumumba Foundation Representative in Finland. Why you should join the Foundation
The PLO Lumumba Foundation is one of the foundations from the African continent that is making giant strides across the globe. In Finland, the foundation is led by Mr.Eugene Ufoka, a human rights activist and co-founder of African Anti-Racism Society, Finland. He is asking Africans in Finland to join the foundation for the promotion of a good course.
Read more about the PLO Lumumba Foundation from the article below
THE PLO LUMUMBA FOUNDATION
Established in 1990, the PLO Lumumba Foundation has for all its lifetime deliberately worked to improve and enhance the self-development of the needy and disadvantaged groups in the societies it has worked in.
Throughout this time, and as products of its work, several young and energetic leadership have been nurtured to sustain its efforts and enlarge the impacts of its activities.
Running under the slogan of ‘Servant Leadership is the Mother’s Milk for Sustainable Development’, the Foundation has initiated several economic projects and fervently promoted the pride of African Identity and Diversity spanning across the 38 African nations where it operates.
Keen on promoting sustained efforts towards achievement of the SDGs in Africa, the PLO Foundation has partnered widely with well-wishers from across Europe, US and Middle East to fight poverty, hunger and gender inequality and promote affordable healthcare, access to water and sanitization and innovation.
We are also proud that in the last five years, we have accessed beneficial and uplifting support from Finland, through the able leadership of the PLO Foundation Finland Country Representative, Mr. Eugene Ufoka.
In so doing, we are proud to have cultivated a sense of strong cultural identity, common heritage, shared values and ethics which defined us as human beings and the humanistic agency that we should all have.
We are cognizant of the fact that we should not encourage a syndrome of dependency but rather encourage self-sustainability.
Indeed, our track record as far as that goes is an open page. Our Africa Mentorship Program boasts of significant successes in Agricultural programs geared towards ensuring food availability and security in the African continent; promotion of education through establishment of resource centers, book donations and digital literacy programs; promotion of quality rural Health; Community Development programs that promote cultural identity through Arts; Women & Youth driven programs and supporting gender equality and empowerment as well as Industry Innovation and Creativity programs that support African youth employment.
In so doing, we have made it a core agenda in our activities, to promote a people whose view of development is people-driven and relying on the potential of African people, especially its women and youth, and caring for children.
The programs are still ongoing in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana, Sierra Leonne, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In our three-decade long existence, we have earnestly worked towards seeing a more prosperous Africa, and more empowered people.
We sincerely hope that through these efforts, and gracious support from all quarters, we will be a flagship of excellence through transformation leadership in Africa.
Facebook announces plans to open a new office in Lagos, its second office in Africa.
In a statement on Friday, the social media company said the new office is expected to become operational in the second quarter of 2021 and will be the first on the continent to house a team of expert engineers building for the future of Africa and beyond.
This comes after it opened the NGHub, its first community hub in Africa in partnership with CcHub, and a small business group (SBG) operations centre in partnership with Teleperformance Nigeria.
Commenting on the development, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s head of new product experimentation said: “The opening of our new office in Lagos presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world”.
“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”
Kojo Boakye, Facebook’s director of public policy, Africa, said: “Our new office in Nigeria presents an important milestone which further reinforces our ongoing commitment to the region.”
“Our mission in Africa is no different to elsewhere in the world-to build community and bring the world closer together, and I’m excited about the possibilities that this will create, not just in Nigeria, but across Africa.”
Also commenting on the new office, Nunu Ntshingila, regional director, Facebook Africa, said: “We’re delighted to be announcing our new office in Nigeria. Five years on from opening our first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa, we’re continuing to invest in and support local talent, as well as the various communities that use our platforms.
“The office in Lagos will also be key in helping to expand how we service our clients across the continent.”
Facebook said it has made a number of investments across Africa aimed at growing the tech ecosystem, expanding and providing reliable connectivity infrastructures and helping businesses grow since it opened its first office in 2015.
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