COVID-19 : Kano Orders Closure Of Borders To Avoid Inter-State Movement

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Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje

Kano state government has orders the closure of all routes linking to the state from other parts of the country from Friday 27th March, by 12 midnight against the backdrop of curtailing the possible spread of Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19).

Subsequently, from then onward, all movements coming in or out of the state are banned.

This includes all kinds of movements through the borders of the state. Even those coming to Kano through Domestic Wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) will remain at the airport, without getting access into the city.

This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abba Anwar on Wednesday and sent to Solacebase.

It said Governor Ganduje reiterates that “This decision is hard, but absolutely necessary, as part of precautionary measures against the deadly COVID-19 possible spread. We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation.”

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Solacebase recalled that Nigeria recorded first coronavirus death on Monday, March 23 and with 51 confirmed cases as at Wednesday, March 25 by Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC.

The statement said Government, according to the governor would take all the necessary steps in making sure that, the state is safeguarded against the deadly disease.

“People must cooperate with health workers and all other stakeholders to make sure that our state is safe and the country in general,’’ said the statement.

‘’Social distancing, as advised by health workers, according to the governor, and the need to stay at home by all is an important aspect that should always be observed. ‘’

In the statement Ganduje  added that handwashing with soap and running water or cleaning with sanitizer should always be observed by people, emphasising that, “All that health workers are doing is for the benefit of all, to have an improved healthy society with a healthy population.”

‘’Civil servants who were ordered to stay off from offices were given that directive to allow them to stay at home for their safety and that of the society at large, ‘’Ganduje reminded.

All members of the public should stay away from going to markets, unless for essential needs,” he warns.

While boarders would remain shut, according to the governor, the state would continue studying the situation and keep people abreast of any development.

All agencies like Nigeria Police Force, Kano Command, Kano Roads Transport Authority (KAROTA), Hisbah among others, would see to the enforcement of this banning order. And governor calls on the public to cooperate with the security agents.

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