On September 10, the Togolese government announced the extension of a health state of emergency for 12 months and ordered the closing of places of worship for one month.
Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) denounced the Togolese government’s decision, saying the pronouncement did not take into consideration psychological, social and spiritual realities.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Wednesday, September 29, UCAP leadership says, “The Executive body of UCAP had a virtual meeting with the Council of Elders of the Union to discuss the COVID-19 situation in Togo and the preparations towards the UCAP Congress, slated for the 13th to 17th December, 2021.”
“It was learnt that the situation in Togo was not getting any better. The Togolese government, the meeting was informed, had halted the holding of all events again for another month, ending on the 10th October, 2021,” UCAP President says in the statement he signed on behalf of the Union’s Executive Council.
He adds, “It was not certain what would happen after the 10th October and it was also likely that if the restrictions were eased by the time of the Congress, there could be the possibility that only a limited number of participants would be allowed to attend the Congress.”
In light of the uncertainties, UCAP leadership says, “a decision was taken to have the Congress online.”
“An online program will soon be circulated,” he further says.
In the September 30 interview with ACI Africa, UCAP President invited “each national chapter to rally its members to join the virtual conference and make it a success.”
He appealed to UCAP members across the continent “to embrace the new normal and turn up in large numbers to support the process.”
“As a Continental Union we may not claim to have all the solutions to problems experienced by our members or colleagues, but we endeavor to provide a platform for sharing best practices,” Mr. Sunguh noted.