The Oyo State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has advised worshippers in the state to adhere strictly to COVID-19 safety protocols at crossover night services.
The state CAN Chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, gave the advice in a statement on Wednesday in Ibadan.
Akinyemiju lauded Gov. Seyi Makinde’s approval for the observance of the crossover vigil services across the state on Thursday, Dec. 31, to usher in 2021.
It would be recalled that the State Task Force on COVID-19 had on Tuesday declared that the state government had ruled out crossover services to guard against the spread of coronavirus.
Makinde, however, endorsed the brief by Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Chairman of the COVID-19 Taskforce Technical Team, on Wednesday, which reviewed the earlier pronouncement by the team, and lifted the ban on night watch services.
Akinyemiju, who expressed delight at the decision of the governor, warned that worship centres must adhere strictly to the advisories and guidelines put in place to prevent the spread of the virus in the state.
“They should put on their face masks, provide washing hand basins as well as observe physical distancing in the worship centres.
“Every church leader in the state should please ensure that the crossover (service) does not exceed 12:30 a.m.
He prayed that God would give the governor the wisdom to lead the state without committing any error.