Ganduje suspends lockdown imposed by Buhari

The governor of Kano State Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has suspended lockdown order imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari in a bid to checkmate the spread of Coronavirus in the state.

On April 27, president in a pre-recorded national address imposed a total lockdown on the state to allow health officials to monitor the situation in the state.

But Ganduje, while briefing newsmen on Saturday said that there would be free movement in the state on Mondays and Thursdays between 10am and 4pm.

He said that all the major markets in the state would remain closed, except Ya’nkaba and Ya’nlemo markets where vegetables and fruits are sold.

He added that all supermarkets in the state are allowed to operate within the six-hour timeframe, adding that customers must follow the COVID-19 protocols before they enter the places.

“We have provided face masks, to be distributed to the people. I directed chairmen of the local government to also provide the face masks for their people. Afterwards, we will make it compulsory for everybody to wear it,” he said.

He also expressed hope that with the increase in testing centres, the state would stamp out the pandemic.

He also announced that Aliko Dangote had donated mobile testing centres with capacity of testing 400 samples in a day and 1000 sample in a week.

“The more we are getting the test, the more people who contracted the virus would be exposed and the more we stamp out the disease in our state.

“What we just want is for the public to adhere strictly to the protocols of the COVID-19 and abide by the lockdown order in order to break the chain of the transmission,”