August meeting: Uncertainty shrouds annual gathering of women

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Women gathered in the church for the August meeting

FEAR of the COVID-19 pandemic may compel women in several communities and churches to stay away from this year’s August meeting, while others desirous of the gathering are fashioning out conditions.

Part of the conditions include conducting the meeting with delegates in order to reduce the crowd  and ensuring that participants observe the full COVID-19 protocols as stipulated by health officials.

Investigations showed that the Onitsha branch of Otu Ifunanya Women Organization, Lokpaukkwu Umuchieze in Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State has shelved their August meeting, citing the pandemic as excuse.

The women of St. Philips Anglican Church, Ogidi, in Anambra State will hold their meeting on August 15.

Leader of the group, Mrs. Nkiruka Akudolu said the conference would hold with delegates and for a day, instead of the traditional two or three days.

According to her, all the COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, maintaining of social distance, washing of hands and use of sanitizers will be strictly adhered to by the delegates.

Venerable Obi Ubaka, Niger Diocesan Chaplain,Mens Christian Fellowship, noted that since COVID-19 has been with us and relevant agencies are managing it, the women should meet, but with all safety measures.

Rev. Benson Okafor, the Chaplain of Mens Christian Fellowship Oba Archdeaconry and Vicar, St. Peters Anglican Church, Oba noted that COVID-19 should not deter the women folk from holding their annual August meeting because the world has witnessed several outbreaks of diseases in the past and yet they frittered away.

He insisted that the participants should observe COVID-19 protocols at the meetings to avoid contracting or spreading the disease at the exercise.

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