In view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in Plateau State, the state Governor, Rt. Hon. Simon Bako Lalong has decided to close all Eid praying grounds in the state.
This decision was amongst other resolutions reached by the Plateau State Security Council during a meeting presided over by Governor Simon Bako Lalong.
Accordingly, the state government according to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Dan Manjang, “the government wishes to intimate the citizenry that all Eid praying grounds across the state shall be closed to all worshippers. This is line with existing ban on all large public gatherings in tandem with the directive of the President-General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs His Eminence, Sultan Mohammed Abubakar that all muslims should suspend congregational Eid Prayers and pray at home.”
Manjang further explained that “where prayers are observed in mosques, they should abide by the regulations for not more than 50 persons, hand washing, use of sanitizers and social distancing. That operation of Tricycle ( Keke Napep) have been banned for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th, May 2020”
According to him “in line with existing government orders, all recreational centres across the state shall remain closed and security agencies have been directed to enforce the above restrictions.
He noted that “His Excellency Governor Simon Lalong appeals to all citizens to adhere to these regulations and continue to take every personal precaution towards preventing the spread of COVID-19. He urges them to note that at the moment, the State is witnessing more infections as a result of community spread which can be worsened by large congregation of people.
The Governor wishes all Muslim faithfuls in the State a happy Eid-el-Ftr, and calls on them to use the period to pray for God to intervene.