COVID-19: Kano State orders workers to stay at home

Acheme Jack, Kano


Kano state government has directed civil servants in the state to stay off office for 14 days beginning from Wednesday, March 25 as part of efforts to safeguard the lives of people in the state and prevent the spread of the novel Coronavirus.

This disclosure was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Mallam Mohammed Garba after a special session of the State Executive Council meeting.

The commissioner said essential service workers to be identified by the government are exempted from the stay at home order.

“The council approved the measures to ensure prevention and contain the spread of the virus through contacts at government offices across the state,” said the commissioner.

Mallam Garba said that while the state is yet to record a single case of the deadly disease, as part of measures to curtail the spread of the virus, the council has from Wednesday, banned the inflow of large-capacity buses into the state.

“This was in consideration of the risk involved in the mode of operations of the buses that involves stuffing of passengers and the poor sitting arrangement in the buses.”

“The state government is working tirelessly to ensure the virus does not find its way to the state and if it does, the government is prepared to control and manage it,” said Mohammed.

The commissioner urged residents to ensure adherence to health instructions released by the Federal and the State’s Ministry of Health on how to prevent the disease as well as ensure personal hygiene.

The state governor Dr Umar Ganduje had on Monday suspended all official engagements, public gatherings especially at event centres and restricted religious meeting to no more than 20 persons.

Other resolutions of the council include the release of N21, 410, 000.00 million and N17, 114, 000.00 million for the conduct of 2020 Interim Joint Matriculation Examination at the College of Education and Preliminary Studies and Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso College of Arts and Remedial Studies respectively.

“The council also approved the sum of N15, 561, 200.00 million and N11, 440, 800.00 for the year 2020 NECO and 2020 NABTED Examinations in respect of qualified candidates all from College of Science and Technical Schools Board.” he said.

Mallam Garba also announced that the council has approved the release of N10, 189, 897 million for the payment of compensation in respect of demolished service station at Kano Line Terminus belonging to Messrs Equatorial Petroleum Coastal and Process Limited affected by the construction of State Road/Kofar Nassarawa Flyover.


Zainab Sa’id


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