The chairman, Akwa Ibom State Government COVID-19 Church monitoring Team for Uyo Senatorial District (USD), Hon. Eric Akpan has lauded Churches within the Senatorial District over an improved compliance with CAN’s guidelines for reopening of churches in the State.
The Committee’s Chairman who is equally the Executive Chairman of Nsit Ibom Local Government Area gave the commendation today, during visitation to 27 churches in 8 Local Government Areas of USD.
COVID-19 Church monitoring Team For USD Commends Church Leaders On Improved Complaince
Hon. Akpan appreciated Church leaders and members for an improved implementation of CAN and NCDC precautionary measures in combating the transmission of the virus to members and their communities.
He commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for setting up Committees across the three Senatorial Districts of the State with the mandate of monitoring and educating churches on the need to stay safe in the face of the global pandemic.
As observed, some churches level of compliance was below average with relation to COVID-19 safety measures, the Chairman pleaded with Church leaders to ensure members comply accordingly with rules while they (Ministers) lead by example.
The committee observed that level of compliance is somewhat low at the suburbs and took time in educating worshippers on the need to maintain physical distancing, accurate use of face masks and application of hand sanitizers and hand washing as cardinal measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.
Acknowledging large gatherings as a leeway for COVID-19 transmission, Hon. Akpan admonished clergymen on considering conducting multiple services where the congregation is larger for observing physical distancing; which is the major challenge for most churches in regards to guidelines.
At The Apostolic Church, Ikot Ekpene Udo, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area, the COVID-19 Church monitoring Team for USD was joined by the Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Rev. Ndueso Ekwere.
He commended the chairman of the Committee and members for painstakingly traversing the outskirts to ensure worshippers are well informed on safeguarding themselves while in church service.
Rev. Ekwere remained in affirmative that the world shall be whole again as the church shall not cease in praying for divine reprieve.
COVID-19 Church monitoring Team For USD Visited 27 Churches In 8 Local Government Area
The team visited 27 churches in Ibesikpo Asutan, Uruan, Nsit Atai, Nsit Ubium, Nsit Ibom, Etinan, Itu, and Ibiono Ibom Local Government Areas, respectively.
Churches visited at respective Local Government Areas are: Ibesikpo Asutan: Grace and Power Gospel Mission Inc. – Ikot Akpan Abia, St. Gregory’s Catholic church – Ikot Akpan Abia, The Redeemed Christian Church of God – Living Bread Parish – ImaAbasi Street, Mbierebe Obio,
Other churches are: The Apostolic Church Nigeria – ImaAbasi Assembly – Afaha Ikot Akpa Edu, St. Joseph’s Catholic church – Mbierebe Obio, Living Faith Church – Mbiere Obio, and Zion House a. k. a Real Life Tabernacle – Mbierebe Obo.
Uruan Local Government Area: Redemption Garden of Jehovah’s Church – Ibiaku Obio Ndon, Holy Rosary – Quasi Parish – Ibiaku Issiet, St. Alphonsus Catholic Church – Ikot Akpa Ekang, The Apostolic Church – Nung Ikono Obio, St. Henry’s catholic Church – Nung Ikono Obio, The Sanctified Mount Zion Church of Nigeria – Nung Ikono Obio, and Bible Standard Church – Ikot Akpa Ekang.
Nsit Atai Local Government Area: Word of Faith – Ikot Asua, St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church – Ikot Asua, God’s Centric church – Ikot Asua, and The Apostolic Church Nigeria – Ikot Asua Assembly.
Nsit Ubium Local Government Area: Christ Apostolic Freedom Church of Nigeria – Ntit Oton, Redeemed Christian Church of God – Ntit Oton, and The Apostolic Church – Ikot Ekpene Udo Assembly.
Nsit Ibom Local Government Area: The Redeemed Christian Church of God – Oboetim Ikot Ekong, and The Apostolic Church, Ikot Nya Assembly.
Etinan Local Government Area: Apostolic Lutheran Church – Afaha Iman, Mount Zion Light House Full Gospel Church Inc. – Afaha Iman and Assemblies of God – Afaha Iman.
The COVID-19 Church monitoring Team similarly visited churches and In Itu and Ibiono Ibom Local Government Areas.