BY SUNNY A. DAVID
The appeal by Anambra State Government to church leaders to assist in enforcing COVID-19 directives among the faithful yielded fruits as almost all the churches visited by our correspondent in the commercial city ofOnitsha and environs during church services recorded ninety five percent compliance.
Our correspondent who visited some churches reports that at the All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha, buckets of water, soap and hand sanitisers were placed at the church entrances while free face masks were given to those without face mask before they were allowed entry into the church where they sat three in each pew to maintain physical distancing.
The story was the same at Saint Andrews Church and Saint JosephCatholic Parish, both in Odoakpu, Saint Monica’s Woliwo, Saint Marks, Omagba and Our Lady’s Catholic Church, Umuoji.
Speaking to our correspondent, the Sub Dean, All Saints Cathedral, Onitsha,Venerable Obiora Uzochukwu said they are out to assist the State government in the fight against COVID-19 since the ease of the lockdown.
He urged people to keep wearing the face mask in their offices and homes while Venerable Israel Odita told the State citizenry to remain steadfast in prayers and good works as thecoronavirus will come to pass.
Other members of the clergy who spoke to our correspondent, including Venerable Samuel Ezewudo and Reverend Chinedu Nnatuanya told the State citizenry that while the State government has eased the lockdown they should follow all the directives as their safety is in their hands.
Some people including Mrs. Chika Okonkwo, Miss Faith Odike and little Master Chukwudike Chukwuemeka who shared the lessons the lockdown on COVID-19 taught them said, they have internalized hygienic practices in their homes.

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