From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Government has commenced screening at Government House as part of measures to checkmate the spread of the dreaded Corona Virus.
The AUTHORITY reports that Kano remains safe of the virus, but people entering Government House are adequately being screened at some strategic places, in a bid to prevent the infiltration of the Corona Virus.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the commencement of the screening exercise, the state Deputy Governor, Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna said, “Kano Government House is one of such places that the exercise is currently going on to ensure that visitors especially the VIPs are screened as ways of checking the spread of Corona virus in the State.”
Gawuna noted that the exercise is part of strategic measures put in place by the Federal and State Government in detecting people with the virus.
“By taking these measures at the Government House, we will make sure that all those who think they are the VIP’s are screened. Government House being a public place dealing with different categories of people whoever has to come must be screened and that is why you see me being screened,” he added.
Gawuna maintained that the corona virus did not emenate in Nigeria but from other foreign countries, stressing that the people that have access to this country are the so called VIPs who normally come for officials reasons.
According to him, “so if it is the case of specifications, VIPs are the one’s to be first screened. These are the best reasons that the Government of Kano State deems it fit to make sure that the screening is conducted and will be extended to other strategic places too.”
On other measures taken by the State to control the prevalence of the COVID-19, Gawuna explained that the State has already reinforced its rapid response teams everywhere and is embarking on people sensitization programmes.
“Our agencies always advocate the issue of personal hygiene. The need for people to be cleaned and that one is not only for corona virus but you have to stay cleaned
to be safe from other diseases like malaria,” he said.
While answering questions on Government’s plans for farmers in the next coming raining season as Commissioner of Agriculture, Gawuna assured that people should expect more as new programmes are underway to improve farming activities in the State.
“Just recently, we kick-started a programme on Agro pastoral Project where we started with a workshop. It encompasses with all aspects of Agriculture that have to do with pastoral farming, that has to do with enhancing productivity.
This is something that we secured a loan of $95m which is about N34b. We have done the workshop, second phase is coming and we targeting about 2.6m people to be empowered directly in the project,” he stated.
Gawuna also assured farmers in the State that the programme is a very huge project that had never been done in the history of Kano, urging them to be ready as more performance is going to be seen on the ground.