Osun reverses ban on cross-over services

Gboyega Oyetola Osun

Osun State Government has reversed its ban on churches from holding cross-over services on December 31.

Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation Funke Egbemode stated this in a release on Tuesday.

The commissioner said the government’s sensitivity to the mood of the season has necessitated a review of its earlier position.

Mrs Egbemode said, “The Government of the State of Osun has decided to allow cross over religious gatherings, But any organisation holding cross over service must note that they are expected to close the service early and everyone must be off the streets by 1:00am.

“Security operatives have been given the directive to enforce this guideline. Religious bodies and citizens are therefore advised to comply because we do not want anyone to spend the first day of the year in police custody.

“Also, the leadership of religious bodies must ensure strict adherence to safety protocols, which include accommodating only 50 percent capacity of their normal attendance, ensuring social distancing, use of nose mask or face fields by participants, avoidance of sharing materials and instruments and avoidance of any other action that can help the virus to spread.”