From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Monday directed civil servants in the state to continue staying at home for another two weeks as part of proactive measures to curb the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
Ganduje stated this at Africa House, Government House, while receiving Progress Report from the 40-member Kano COVID-19 Fund Raising Committee chaired by the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Prof. Muhammad Yahuza Bello.
The Kano Chief Executive who expressed delight over the success so far recorded by the Committee said the extension of the compulsory holiday for civil servants for another two weeks became necessary due to his determination to ensure that all proactive steps are put in place to avoid the infiltration of the dangerous Corona Virus into the ancient commercial city of Kano.
He also appealed to Kano residents to strictly adhere to directives from the Federal Ministry of Health and the state government, urging them to continue to observe social distancing, wash their hands regularly and stay-at-home order to avoid being infection and spreading of the dreaded virus which has continued to ravage the world.
Ganduje also maintained that the border closure order remain valid, promising residents that his administration will do everything possible to combat the deadly virus in the state.
The AUTHORITY reports that Kano has continued to maintain zero case of Corona Virus since its outbreak and penetration into Nigeria.
Recall that Kano state Executive Council had directed civil servants to stay off office for 14 days as from Wednesday, March 25 as part of efforts to safeguard the lives of the people of the state and prevent the spread of the deadly Coronavirus to the state.
A statement signed by the Commissioner’ for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba on the outcome of the special session of the council meeting held at the Africa House, Government House, last month, said that essential service workers to be identified by the government are exempted from the stay at home order.
The Commissioner’ explained that the council approved the measures to ensure prevention and contain the spread of the virus through contacts at government offices across the state.
Malam Garba said that while the state is yet to record a single case of the deadly disease, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus, the council has from Wednesday, banned the inflow of large capacity buses into the state.
He said this was in consideration of the risk involved in the mode of operations of the buses that involves stuffing of passengers and the unorderly sitting arrangement in the buses.
The state government, the statement added, is working tirelessly to ensure the virus do not find its way to the state and if it does, the government is prepared to control and manage it.
The Commissioner urged residents to ensure adherence to health instructions released by the Federal and the state’s Ministry of Health on how to prevent the disease as well as ensure personal hygiene.