Ebonyi State Government has lifted ban on religious gathering to enable Christians to celebrate Easter Sunday in their churches in line with their faith.
This was one of the outcomes of the state Executive Council Meeting held at Government House Abakaliki.
Briefing journalists, the Senior Special Adviser to the State Governor on Religious Matters, the Reverend Father Abraham Nwali explained that the lifting of the ban followed a request by the Christian Association of Nigeria and the belief by Governor David Umahi that Easter as an important feast in Christendom should be celebrated in churches.
He however emphasized that lifting of the ban was not without some restrictions as Church service on Sundays would only last between 8 o’ clock in the morning and noon.
Also, the State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Uchenna Orji, said the state government had approved one billion Naira for the procurement of four hundred thousand bags of five kilogrammes of rice to be distributed to vulnerable residents as palliative.
He noted that approval was also given for the disbursement of two billion Naira Small and Medium Enterprises fund to enable youths to go into agriculture and boost the economy of the state.
Mr. Orji added that anyone who wanted to conduct burial must seek the approval of the government between April 9 and 20, 2020.