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The governor of Bauchi State Bala Mohammed has lifted the ban on religious activities and suspended the lockdown imposed on residents in the state in order to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
This according to the state government it takes effect from Thursday, May 21.
The governor made this announcement at stakeholders’ meeting held at the Command Guest House in Bauchi, the state capital.
He gave reasons on the rationale behind the ease on lockdown. According to the governor, the development followed the success achieved so far in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and enjoined the stakeholders to assist the government in ensuring that the protective tool put in place are adhered to strictly in order to be free from the infection.
“This decision will be taken by you because the total decision of the lockdown was taken by you. We are just suggesting as a government and on behalf of the government, I am suggesting that as from Thursday, we should lift the lockdown, even the one in Katagum, because it has been 10 days and of course the whole state.
“People will go about their normal businesses, pray on Friday and Eid if we agree on context and character so that people will go to Eid, but we will need the support of our royal fathers so that there will be no such celebrations,” he said.
In appreciation, he commended the religious leaders and traditional rulers in the state for their support and cooperation while the lockdown lasted, and added that whatever decision arrived at, will be fully implemented as the World Health Organisation (WHO) has made it clear that the pandemic is not going away anytime soon.