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Ganduje eases lockdown,opens major markets and extends time

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Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has okayed the reopening of major markets in Kano on relaxed lockdown days of Wednesday, Friday and Sunday’s , and also adjusted the timing to 6 am to 6 pm dawn and dusk.

This was reported ,following a meeting the Governor had with market leaders on the need to ensure strict compliance to laid down protocols and safety measures in the markets and business places in a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus disease.

The information was disclosed by the State Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba on Monday night, saying in compliance with the federal government easing of the lockdown and after due consultations with key public health professionals and critical review of the situation in Kano, the markets, places of worship and movement of persons are now allowed on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.

It could be recalled that on the aforementioned days, initially the state government relaxed the lockdown from 10 am to 2 pm and only two markets of Yankaba and Yanlemo foodstuffs markets, some selected supermarkets and worship places were allowed to open.

In the Commissioner’s statements , “In compliance with the federal government easing of the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the Corona Virus or COVID-19, Kano state government releases guidelines and established protocols on how to manage access to markets and locations of economic activity to limit the risk of transmission. Similarly, after due consultations with key public health professionals and critical review of the situation in Kano, markets, places of worship and movement of persons are now allowed on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. The Governor has, therefore, summoned an emergency meeting with market leaders on how to ensure strict observance of safety and prevention protocols in markets and business places. It is necessary for such places to ensure compliance with safety rules that include mandatory use of non-medical face masks; provision of handwashing facilities/sanitisers; and extensive temperature checks. While these restrictions have been lifted, interstate movements except for goods, agricultural produce, and essential services are still in force. Schools will remain closed as students are urged to avail themselves the opportunity of radio and televised lessons being sponsored by the state government.”

Thereafter, Commissioner Muhammad stated that the State Governor Ganduje attributed the recorded success regarding the reduced number of infectious to set measures being taken by the government and health authorities and more importantly to fervent prayers by the ulama alongside the state citizens’ . And urges for more of such prayers until the disease is curbed in its entirety.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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