The Lagos State Government says it has no intention of opening religious houses even after the Federal Government announced that they could re-open following strict guidelines. Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Elegushi disclosed this today while addressing newsmen at the ongoing Ministerial news briefing marking the one year anniversary of the Babajide Sanwo-Olu administration.
The Commissioner said though the Governor would still address the issue, the decision to hold back on the opening of religious houses was taken after due consultation with representatives of the religious leaders.
Elegushi however commended religious leaders in the state for their cooperation and involvement in the ongoing fight against Covid-19 pandemic, pointing out that the cooperation received from the leaders of the two major religious groups especially in the area of zero-congregational gatherings assisted in lowering the curve of the pandemic.
He attributed the mutual understanding existing between the state government and the religious groups to a long-term religious harmony and peaceful coexistence, which he said are part of the critical functions of the Ministry.
Agency reports quote the Commissioner, who also outlined other activities of the Ministry, as saying that one hundred and eighty-four licenses were issued to money lenders during the period under review.
It would be recalled that on Monday, the Federal Government had announced relaxation of some of the COVID-19 restrictions including the reduction of curfew commencement time from 8pm to 10pm, and curfew end from 6am to 4am. The Federal government had also said financial institutions could open for full business transactions while other business could open, but adhereing strictly to government’s stipulated guidelines, including measured social distancing.
On the issue of religious houses opening, the Federal Government had said that religious houses including Churches, Mosques, and other recognized places of worship were free to open their doors but with a restricted number of people.