Eid-el-Kabir: KNSG keeps public under surveillance
…Ganduje urges Ulama to intensify prayers against COVID-19, insecurity
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Governor Abdulllahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has said that his administration will dispatch government’s officials to all the Eid Praying Grounds across the state to ensure total observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The governor made the revelation during a briefing on COVID-19 held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, yesterday.
According to the governor, his administration has observed with dismay how some people in the state find it difficult to adhere to the protocols, especially the wearing of face masks in public places.
Ganduje said: “While some states are allowing only few places for the conduct of eid prayers, we have allowed for all to be conducted as usual.
“But this should not be taken for granted, as we are dispatching officials to all the eid grounds across the state to ensure total compliance.
“Due to the report given by the leadership COVID-19 Technical Response Committee, which has shown a slight increase in positivity, we need to increase our efforts in the fight against the virus.
“For this our mobile court will continue with their work so that offenders will be punished.”
The governor added that even though the state is not under lockdown, the government would continue with the third phase of palliative distribution of 50,000 household.
H e noted: “Although in many states, health workers are protesting non-payment of their allowances, in Kano State we are up-to-date and we will continue to pay our health workers their dues as promised earlier.”
Earlier, a report presented by the Technical Coordinator, Kano State COVID-19 Technical Response Committee, Dr. Tijjani Hussain, indicated a slight increase in positivity in the last five days.
Dr. Hussain disclosed that 82 per cent of the burden of the virus rested on the shoulder of eight local government areas.
They include Nassarawa, Tarauni, Kano Municipal, Kumbotso, Gwale, Dala, Wudil, Ungogo and Nassarawa.
Meawhile, Governor Ganduje has called on Ulama across the state to intensify prayers against COVID-19 and insecurity.
The governor also urged them to use their sermons during Eid-el-Kabir and Juma’at prayers to call for peace and enjoin the people of the state to adhere to COVID-19 protocols.
Governor Ganduje was speaking at a prayer session the state government organized and held at Africa House, Government House, Kano yesterday.
Ganduje said: “My administration has found it expedient to organize this prayer session to seek Allah’s intervention against COVID-19 and insecurity in the country.
“Most of the successes Kano State Government has recorded in its fight against COVID-19 can be attributed to the continued prayers by our Ulama since the inception of the virus in the state.
“We thank the Almighty Allah as Coronavirus is presently on decline in Kano State. We also appreciate the efforts made by our Ulama and urged them to intensify prayers for the protection of the state.”
About 360 Ulama attended the session and offered prayers, urging the public to do the same.
Speaking at the session, Prof. Abdullahi Saleh Pakistan said that the best prayer is the one done on the day of Arafat, praying for peace and stability in the state and the country at large.
On his part, Shehi Shehi Mai Hula prayed for the immediate elimination of the virus from the state, quoting relevant verses from the Glorious Qur’an.
Earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religious Affairs, Malam Ali Baba had said that the state government had organized the prayer session to seek Allah’s intervention against coronavirus and insecurity in the country at large.