The Kano state government has directed the closure of all routes linking the state to other parts of the country..
COVID-19 Kano shuts borders Friday
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
As Nigeria continues to record more cases of Coronavirus, the Kano state government has directed the closure of all routes linking the state to other parts of the country.
The directive is effective from Friday 27th March, 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 pepole 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 the necessary steps in making 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 is safe and the country in general.”
He called on the public 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 sanitizer as advised by health workers.
However, the public has 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 make sure that they always abide by all the medical advices given by health workers.
Security agencies like Nigeria Police Force, Kano Command, Kano Roads Transport Authority (KAROTA), as well as Hisbah would see to the enforcement of the directive.