The Abia State Government has commended the Methodist Church’s efforts in partnering with the government to protect the people from the rampaging coronavirus disease.
It also appealed for more support from other churches and similar institutions.
Speaking during a special sensitization meeting with Presbyters at St James Methodist Church, Umuda Isingwu, the state Commissioner for Information, John Okiyi Kalu, applauded the work of Archbishop Chibuzo Okpoko.
He described him as the leading warrior among clergymen in the state whose efforts have helped to save thousands of Abia lives through his focused campaign for citizens to take preventive measures as a way of combating the spread of the disease.
Chief Okiyi further called on clergy men in the state to emulate Archbishop Okpoko and use the pulpit and other resources available to them to guide their congregations on taking personal responsibility for their protection and that of their family members through wearing of face mask, observance of social distancing, regular washing of hands under running water and or use of hand sanitizers.
He assured that the state government has no intention of closing churches during the Easter period but will rather that church leaders take responsibility to ensure that all churches abide by the newly reactivated protocols announced by the government.
Citing Biblical passages, Chief Okiyi, whose message dwelt on Children of God Understanding the Signs of the Times, urged the Church to partner with the government to ensure that the current pestilence does not claim more lives among God’s people.
Also speaking, Archbishop Okpoko, who organized the meeting, called on all church leaders in the state to take up the fight against the pandemic through sensitization of their members during church meetings and ensure that they comply with all the prevention regulations agreed with the government.
He also distributed banners and face masks to the Presbyters and urged them to take the message of personal responsibility to their pulpits.