COVID-19:Muslims Monitoring Committee Swings Into Action
In line with the directive of the Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike on suspension of all crowded religious worships, marriages, naming ceremonies and other programmes, Rivers State Council for Islamic Affairs has set-up a 14-man committee to monitor and enforce compliance to contain the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic headed by the State Islamic leader and Vice-President General of the Council, Alhaji Nasir Awhelebe Uhor as Chairman, the committee which has since swung into action has the special Adviser to the Governor on School Sports, Chief Mohammed Aribotonye Okiri as Secretary Sole Administrator, Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Abdurazaq Dieprieye, Arch Abdurazaq Echeya member, Khalifa Murtala Bamidele Suleiman- member and Alhaji Qasim Okachi are members.
Others are Chief Imam Abdulhameed Olanrewaju, Chief Imam Idrees Kataye, Chief Imam Abdulateef Abdulsalam, Alhaji Daud Pennuel, Alhaji Ibrahim Mesundu Imam, Ibrahim Yaavo and Alhaji Abdulsamiu Abdulsalam.
Inaugurating the committee at the council secretariat in Port Harcourt, Alhaji Uhor urged members to see their assignment as a divine assignment to ensure the safety and health of not only the Umah but the entire residents of the state.
Uhor enjoined them to be patient but firm, and urged the people to obey the measures put in place by the government to safeguard the well being of all citizens in the state.
He charged Chief Imams to enforce the directives of the governor and the council on the ban on crowded religious activities, adding that the measures are temporary to save lives.
The Islamic Leader enjoined Muslims to observe all personal hygiene tips given by the health officials to keep them and their families safe from Covid-19, while they intensified their fasting and prayers for Allah’s intervention for the final elimination of the disease.
The Chief Imams and Elders assured of their full support for the measures to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shortly after the inauguration, the committee embarked on sensitization to Mosques, Elders and Imams in Port Harcourt Township area and centres of heavy Muslim populations including the Central Mosque at Gambia Street in Mile 1, Diobu, Port Harcourt, the committee also visited the Trans-Amadi Slaughter.