A Lagos State delegation led by the Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi and Director of the State Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, at the weekend conducted a COVID-19 safety check on the Synagogue Church of All Nations ahead of the burial of its founder, Prophet T. B. Joshua.
WuzupNigeria reported that the clergyman who died on Saturday, June 5, 2021, would be buried in the church located in Lagos on July 9 while a candlelight procession in honour of the cleric on Monday, July 5.
A lying-in-state would be on July 8, from 11am to 5pm.
The Nation reported that the inspection of the church’s facilities was in line with the government’s COVID-19 third wave mitigation strategy to prevent the importation and spread of new strains of the virus.
Abayomi, however, noted that there would be biosecurity and safety experts at the venue to work with the local organising committee to monitor and ensure the safety of attendees.
“On behalf of the Lagos State government, we want to offer our deep condolences to the family of the prophet and members of the congregation. In these very precarious times that we are in, with a global pandemic that is evolving dynamically; what we now know is that there are different strains of the virus circulating around the world, and Lagos has a very strong third wave prevention strategy.
“The likely cause of a third wave is going to be an importation from infected visitors, so we are particularly careful about working with the Synagogue to make sure we have a collaboration that will reduce the opportunity to zero of us either importing a virus or even allowing someone who is positive to interact with the community.
“So we have had series of engagements with the officials and executive of SCOAN; we are also in touch with the Federal Government; the Presidential Steering Committee and the Federal Ministry of Health.
“The Incident Commander, Mr. Governor, has said this is a priority event and we have to ensure that we give SCOAN all the support it requires to make sure that the series of planned events for the funeral scheduled between the July 5 and 11 are performed under the strict guidelines to limit any possibilities of introducing foreign COVID-19 variants among the congregation or the movement of the virus in such an environment that would make transmission easier,” Abayomi said.
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