A file picture of Kano state Governor Abdullahi Ganduje
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje stated at a press briefing on Saturday that the lockdown imposed by the federal authorities on Kano will probably be eased to permit without cost motion of individuals inside sure intervals.
Ganduje stated the choice to ease the lockdown was taken with the consent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President had, on April 27, imposed a two-week full lockdown on Kano after COVID-19 instances within the states began to rise.
In line with the Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC), Kano has the second-highest variety of COVID-19 instances within the nation with 311, solely behind Lagos.
“We sought for the consent of Mr President on how to relax the lockdown, to allow for some free movements of people, but within stipulated hours of the agreed days,” Ganduje stated on Saturday.
The lockdown will enable for the motion of individuals on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 10 am to four pm.
The general public continues to be anticipated to watch COVID-19 protocols equivalent to social distancing.
Markets additionally should stay closed, except Yankaba market, the place perishable gadgets are offered and Yan Lemo market, the place fruits are offered.
” . . . individuals should observe all protocols as given by our well being professionals,” Ganduje stated. “We should all know that there is no shortcut in the fight against COVID-19 all over the world. So we must always abide by all the protocols.”
Dangote donates cell testing centre
On the press briefing, Ganduje introduced that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is donating a cell testing centre to the state.
The centre has the capability to check 400 individuals each day and is predicted to reach in Kano by Monday.
The Governor stated the state was concentrating on extra testing centres.
Rising instances within the state “is a thing of great concern,” Ganduje stated. “Though we are aware that with the bouncing back of the Aminu Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Testing Centre with the capacity of 88 samples per day, and the coming up of another Testing Centre at Bayero University, Kano, with the capacity of 20 samples per day, would mean another rise in the identified positive cases.”
He additionally addressed the rise within the worth of important commodities like sugar and salt.
“I had a meeting with Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u,”‘ he said. “they all assured that they didn’t enhance a kobo within the costs of their merchandise. Because of this any hike within the costs of sugar, salt and different commodities is not going to be tolerated by the state.
“It’s because of this that I directed the State Anti-Corruption Fee to be very vigilant and monitor sells at factors of gross sales of such commodities.
“Whoever is discovered growing any worth may have his or her merchandise confiscated and no matter is confiscated will probably be put into our palliative programme to be distributed to the general public free.”