Governor Ganduge Urges FG To Relax Kano Lockdown

Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, has asked the Federal Government to relax the two-week total lockdown imposed on the state as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Governor Ganduje made the appeal while he inaugurated a panel of experts to support the state Task Force Technical Committee at Government House, Kano, on Thursday.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Monday declared a 14-day total lockdown of Kano State following a sharp increase in the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases.
But according to the governor, the lockdown needs to be relaxed in order to ease the economic hardship in the state and allow residents to restock food items, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.
He said: “We would engage the presidential task force on COVID-19 to seek permission to relax the total lockdown imposed on Kano.
“We are making this appeal on behalf of our people who are presently running out of food items. We would love the federal government to relax the lockdown for a period of time to enable people stock their homes, especially now that majority of us are fasting. It will also ease the economic hardship in the state.”
Governor Ganduje added that the state government is expanding treatment centres for COVID-19.
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.
Kano State has recorded 219 confirmed Coronavirus cases as of Thursday, the second-highest in the country.

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