Kano issues guidelines on extended COVID-19 Lockdown
As restriction on places of worship lifted
By Abdulyassar Abdulhamid
Following the extention of the COVID-19 lockdown in the state by two weeks by the Presidential Task Force on Monday, Kano State Government has released operational guidelines for the controlled easing of the pandemic-induced restriction.
The announcement of the guidelines was contained in a statement issued by the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, on Monday.
According to the commissioner, the new guidelines have been released to fine tune the recently extended lockdown of Kano state by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
Garba revealed that the government is fully aware of the difficulties but necessary hardships people have to pass through which informed the need for controlled enforcement.
He said after series of meetings with key health experts, the Ulama and other stake holders, the state government adopted some measures that will further bring relief to the populace, with the partial lift on the lockdown on three days, that is, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10:00am and 2:00pm with a total relief of 12 hours per week as earlier recommended by the Presidential Task Force.
The statement added that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed the state Hisbah Board to hold meeting with Imams and deploy its personnel to Friday (Jumu’at mosques) across the state to ensure that worshipers comply with personal hygiene through maintaining social distancing, hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitizers and face masks.
However, The statement reads: “The government has considered it convenient to allow the conduct of Eid Prayers on the Sallah day in all the five Emirates in the state during which restriction of movement has been lifted from 6:00am to 2:00pm under strict observance of safety and prevention protocols.
“There will be no Sallah festivities in all the Emirates including the visit to Gidan Shettima, Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa, and Hawan Dorayi in Kano and all other similar traditional Sallah celebrations in the four other Emirates.”
The statement also announced the formation of a committee on the distribution of face masks and sanitation materials to Jumu’at mosques to be chaired by the commissioner for environment, Dr. Kabir Ibrahim Getso.
Other members of the committee are Hon. Commissioners for local government, religious affairs and that of information; Prof. Ibrahim Mu’azzam Maibushra, Prof. Muhammad Tabi’u, Dr. Awwalu Kawu, Engr. Sa’idu Muhammad, Sarkin Yarabawa, Oba Abdullahi Salihu Olowo, Dr. Bala Muhammad, state ALGON chairman, Managing Directors of REMASAB and KAROTA, Commander General, Hisbah Board and its Chairman, Sheikh Shehi Maihula.
The ethnic nationalities in the state will also constitute a similar committee to ensure the distribution of sanitation materials and the observance of Covid-19 protocol in their various churches.