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
I see another lockdown coming in October with stringent conditions says Apostle Suleman
The president and founder of Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide, the Restoration Apostle (Prof) Johnson Suleman during Sunday service June 21st, 2020 told his church members that God revealed to him that another lockdown is underway in October, this time it will come with difficult conditions.
The revered man of God told the congregation not to give up on this year. You can listen to the Sunday broadcast on YouTube @CelebrationTV
Recall that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman, Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Mr. Boss Mustapha has warned that the country might start to count bodies in their hundreds in the next three weeks following the spread of coronavirus in the country. There has been an increase of Covid-19 in Nigeria in recent days.
Finnish politician and Member of the European Parliament, Sirpa Pietikäinen, shares views on racism
Sirpa Pietikäinen, a Finnish politician and Member of the European Parliament since 2008 under the National Coalition Party shares views on racism and other related matters.
Find below the post which which made on her Facebook page which was originally in Finnish Language;
Human rights are indivisible and subjective. They belong to each of us. We all have the right to live a safe, dignified life without fear of discrimination or violence.
The wave of anti-racism protests from the United States has been visible in Finland and Europe as well, and we have also seen various protests against racism.
Discrimination and racism are beneath the surface and not always visible and that is why we need to be vigilant about it and make discriminatory structures visible. The work against racism requires all of us to take active action for a more equal society every day. It is good that we in Finland are not silent on the subject either and we react. We must have zero tolerance for all discrimination, racism and hate crimes.
U.S. structural racism and the resulting police violence have come up in the debate over the tragic death of George Floyd, an unarmed black American recorded on video. Unfortunately, the death of an unarmed black man as a result of police action is not an isolated incident in the United States, and the recurrence of the phenomenon is indicative of long-standing deep racist structures.
However, simply condemning racism is not enough, we must work actively to build an anti-racist society in Finland and Europe as well.
The EU anti-discrimination directive needs to be adopted and implemented. The directive complements the Union’s equality legislation horizontally and fills existing equality gaps. At the moment, the directive is stuck in the Council due to opposition from some Member States.
Parliament’s resolution on the fundamental rights of people with an African background in Europe in 2019 must be introduced.
Research data collected and produced by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) must be increasingly used as a basis for decision-making. To dismantle racist structures, we need fact-based research data.
We need an EU framework for national strategies for social inclusion and integration. Also in Finland. It would be important for us to have people from increasingly diverse backgrounds, for example, in the service of the police and other agencies. We need particularly accurate and good training for officials in the fight against hate crime and racism.
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