Kano state government has ordered the closure of all routes linking the state with other parts of the country from Friday 27th March, by 12 midnight as a proactive measure to curtailing possible spread of coronavirus in the state.
Statement issued late Wednesday by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje indicated that all movements coming in or out of the state have been 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 entrance into the city.
The statement quoted Ganduje reiterating 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.”
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.”
He urged the people of the state to observe social distancing, as advocated by health workers, saying “the need to stay at home by all is an important aspect that should always be observed.
He added that hand washing with soap and running water or cleaning with sanitizer should always be observed by people, emphasising that, “All what health workers are doing is for the benefit of all, to have an improved healthy society with healthy population.”
While boundaries would remain shut, according to the governor, the state would continue to study the situation and keep people abreast of any development.
“We are therefore calling on people to keep on praying and make sure that they always abide by all the medical advice given by health workers,” he urged.