Gov Ortom rescinds order allowing religious activities, markets in Benue

Gov Ortom rescinds order allowing religious activities, markets in Benue

<p class="">Gov. Samuel Ortom has rescinded the order allowing Churches and Mosques in Benue to reopen for religious activities.</p>

<h1>Ortom announced the cancellation of the order on Saturday in Makurdi during the weekly news briefing on activities of the Covid -19 Quick Response Team.</h1>

<p class="">He explained that the decision to revert to status quo was based on the apprehension expressed bythe Federal Government over decisions by some state governments to reopen religious activities.</p>

<p class="">According to him, as a state that is a component of the federal government, we cannot take decisions that go against the expressed standing of the federal government.</p>

<p class="">He said the federal government, as the custodian of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), had all the needed information on the viral infection and how to contain its spread.</p>

<p class="">He, therefore, sued for understanding from the Benue people over the decision to rescind the order allowing religious activities.</p>

<p class=""><em>” You need to be alive before you can worship,” </em>he said.</p>

<p class="">He said he had already made consultations with relevant stakeholders including leaders of Christian Association of Nigeria and Jamatu Nasiru Islam on the matter.</p>

<p class="">Ortom also announced that <strong>Mrs Elizabeth Apedzan</strong>, a former federal lawmaker, who tested positive for Covid-19 had been discharged.</p>

<p class="">He, therefore, appealed to those with symptoms similar to that of Covid-19 to avail themselves of testing.</p>

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