I Will Give Account Of Donations, Expenses On COVID-19 Soon, Abiodun Assures Ogun Residents - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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I Will Give Account Of Donations, Expenses On COVID-19 Soon, Abiodun Assures Ogun Residents

Governor Dapo Abiodun

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji
ABEOKUTA - The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured the people of the state to publicly declare the statement of account on donations and expenses on treatment of COVID-19.

The governor disclosed this on Friday during his weekly briefing on COVID-19 held at his Oke-Mosan Office, Abeokuta.

He said the state commissioner for health would at appropriate time inform the press on the proceeds from the donations and palliatives given to the state government during the pandemic.

His words, "I unfortunately cannot tell you exactly how much has been donated to us in kind and cash. However, what we did was to open an account for our donations, there clearly designated COVID account in different bank.

"And the donations were made through the accounts. At one point in time, we are going to publicly acknowledge all that have been donated to us. We are going to make that public because it is public information. However, we have acknowledged all of them in writing individually.

" Again, I can't tell you how much has been spent on treatment through my head, I will gladly ask maybe the Commissioner for Health at some point in time to hold a press conference and share with you how much the state has spent on the preparedness and also the palliatives supports during this pandemic."

Meanwhile, the governor has announced that Churches and Mosques in the state will remain close till the guidelines for the reopening of the center is fine-tuned.

The governor explained that the recommendation of a sub-committee task force would determine the next line of action in reopening of religious centres.

The Governor explained that the committee which comprises of religious leaders from Christian Association of Nigeria and the Leagues of Imams and Alfas has been given a deadline of June 12 to come up with the guidelines for the reopening.

He added that he will announce the guidelines for the reopening of religious centres in his next week briefing.

The Governor however vowed to prosecute any religious gathering that violate the guidelines of the state government.

He maintained that the weekend remain lockdown.

He noted that hotels, bars and other public places except markets would remain closed.

He said, “A sub- committee, inclusive of the religious leaders, will review the submissions, the discussions as well as expert opinions of medical scientists to harmonise all the views to arrive at a composite framework for final adoption of the committee in the next few days, on or before Friday, 12th June, 2020.

“The 12th June deadline for the completion of the guidelines, which will be unveiled to the public in my next address is to enable the gradual opening of religious activities to tentatively commence on Friday, 19th, June, 2020, subject to the review of preparedness by our churches and mosques to the new normal.

“A taskforce comprising of the religious leaders, government and security agencies will be established to monitor and ensure compliance with the agreed guidelines for religious activities.

"Any place of worship that violates the guidelines will be closed.

“The guidelines will be reviewed at regular intervals, based on developments, including expert opinions and data from the field.

"In the meantime, Government will continue the engagement, as well as intensify enlightenment and education of the public on the various guidelines to combat the pandemic in the State.

“Let me restate that all the existing guidelines to combat COVID-19 in the State remain in place.

“All 5 working days in the week (Monday to Friday) are still opened for businesses and other economic transactions with only Saturday and Sunday as lockdown days; Observation of dusk-to-dawn curfew as directed by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) i.e. between 10.00pm and 4.00am daily”.

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