COVID-19 response : ‘Critics can’t derail us from being focused,’ says Ganduje
……….As face mask becomes compulsory
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has challenged his critics of being incapable of derailing him from being focused.
Challenging that, “We are not minding the critics, because they are blind critics. We know what we want and we will continue to do what is right. We will not be diverted from doing the rightful things.”
He thrown the challenge during official flag-off of 2 million face masks, at Open Theater, Government House, Kano, recently, adding that, “they are just there living somewhere, not in the state. They are not even aware of our peculiar settings here in Kano. They don’t know what we are doing. That’s why we call them blind critics.”
Governor Ganduje reiterated his commitment that, his administration would continue to do all that is necessary, in accordance with the protocols advanced by health professionals.
While describing those critics as arm-chair critics, he assured the citizens that the state would continue to partner with stakeholders in the fight against the global pandemic.
He explained further that, “is just like the issue of frequent deaths that is all over. In fact it is even a global experience. But for those blind critics, when it started in Kano they even thought and amplified that it was ‘the governor causing it.”
That thinking, according to the governor, indicates that “…the blind critics are only arm-chair critics, without even knowing what is obtained around them. And around the globe. This is most unfortunate.”
On two million face masks launched during the event, the governor said one million was provided by the state government and the other one million masks were provided by the 44 local governments of the state.
“We also discussed with our local tailors to come up with samples of masks to see how we can engage them to produce for the state. With this therefore, wearing of face masks becomes compulsory henceforth,” says the governor.
“For us to have wider and effective distribution of the items we include in the distribution process some of our commissioners, advisers of the governor, heads of some government agencies and 1,000 Sanitation Vanguards among others,” he said.
Sanitation Vanguards are designed to be going round homes enlightening people in nooks and crannies of the state, on COVID-19 protocols and the necessity for observing them, “Ministry of Environment is doing very well in this area,” he said.
Ganduje thanked federal Ministry of Environment for partnering with the state government in providing consumables and other items.
On the closure of Abattoir in the state, due to lockdown situation, Governor Ganduje warned that, “We understand that because our abattoir is closed due to lockdown order, some of our people slaughter animals in their local communities.
That, in itself, is another window that opens chances for other diseases. As government bans such community slaughtering of animals, abattoir will now be opened on Mondays and Thursdays also.”
He warned that people must obey the protocols, that “…they must maintain the social distancing procedure, and wash hand with soap and running water and use of sanitizer, among others,” according to a press release signed and issued by his Spokesman, Abba Anwar and made available to The Triumph.