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General News of Friday, 22 May 2020

Source: MyNigeria

NCDC tells Churches, Mosques to submit guidelines for reopening

Chikwe Ihekweazu Chikwe Ihekweazu

The Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC, has asked churches and mosques to submit guidelines for reopening.

This was disclosed on Thursday by Chikwe Ihekweazu, the NCDC DG while speaking at the press briefing organized by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

Ihekweazu stated that the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association submitted a draft of guidelines ahead of the reopening of interstate transportation.

He, therefore, advised organizations to also submit guidelines as the Federal Government prepares to ease the lockdown in the country.

He said, “I was happy on Wednesday to receive a new set of draft guidelines by the Public Transport Owners of Nigeria Association. Those are people that manage the long-distance buses that travel across the country, what we call ‘luxury’ buses.

“They drafted their own guidelines for reopening safely and sent it to us for review.

“They are also seeking our advise on the measures they are recommended and how to manage their loading centres, buses and engagements with their customers at the point when we may allow them to reopen.”

“Every society, organisation, community, be it faith-based, cultural-based, professionally based, have been advised to come up with guidelines for themselves.

“We are happy to advise and engage every organisation but this needs to be led and owned by the leaders of those organisations,” he added.

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