COVID-19: Kano locks down to save lives
|By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
As Nigeria continues to record more cases of Corona virus, Kano State Government in a bid to save the lives of its citizens, has directed for the closure of all routes linking the State with other parts of the country.
The directive becomes effective from today (27th March, 2020 by 12 midnight), a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Abba Anwar, said on Wednesday.
The directive would temporarily put embargo on inflow and outflow of people into the state, as well as the domestic wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA).
The statement quoted the Governor as saying: “This decision is hard, but absolutely necessary, as part of precautionary measures against the possible spread of the deadly COVID-19. We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation.”
The Governor added that the state government would take all necessary steps to make sure that the state is safeguarded against the deadly disease.
Ganduje added: “People must cooperate with health workers and all other stakeholders to make sure that our state and the country in general are safe.”
He called on the public to observe social distance and abide by the stay-at-home directive as well as wash their hands with soap and running water or clean them with sanitisers as advised by health workers.
The public has also been advised to stay away from markets, unless for essential needs, as the state continues to study the situation and keep the people abreast of any development.
He explained: “We are therefore calling on people to keep on praying and making sure that they always abide by all the medical advice given to them by health workers.”
Security agencies like the Nigeria Police Force, Kano Command, Kano Roads Transport Authority (KAROTA), as well as Hisbah would see to the enforcement of the directive.