Abdullahi Ganduje, governor of Kano state, has appealed for urgent ease of the 14-day total lockdown the federal government imposed on the state.
President Muhammadu Buhari had mandated a total lockdown in Kano; following the rise in COVID-19 cases and the strange deaths in the state.
However, Ganduje stated that it is important to relax the lockdown for a while; in order to ease the hardship in the state, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.
He made this assertion on Thursday, April 30; while speaking at the government house where he inaugurated a panel of experts to support the state task force technical committee.
Ganduje said the government is expanding treatment centres for COVID-19.
“We would engage the presidential task force on COVID-19 to seek permission to relax the total lockdown imposed on Kano,” he said.
“We would love the federal government to relax the lockdown for a period of time to enable people to stock their homes; especially now that majority of us are fasting. It will also ease the economic hardship in the state.”
The panel led by Musa Borodo, president of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; was given the responsibility of developing strategy and supporting the state task force on COVID-19 to adopt measures for checking the spread of the virus.
Tijani Hussain, the state coordinator of the task force, put the COVID-19 death toll in Kano at five; saying none of the deceased died at the isolation centre.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has assured that the Federal Government is on top of the situation in Kano State.
Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and PTF chairman on COVID-19 gave the assurance at the PTF daily briefing on Thursday, April 30, in Abuja.
Mustapha also appealed to Nigerians who were diagnosed with the coronavirus to cooperate with the relevant agencies; as well as stay at the Isolation Centres.
“It is for your good and that of the general public,” he said.
He said the fences at the isolation centres in the country could not prevent people from escaping; if they were determined to do so.