Ganduje backs Kano lockdown

Kano State Governor Abdulahi Ganduje on Tuesday expressed fears of a possible large scale community transmission of COVID-19 in the state, if urgent actions were not taken.

He said: “We are facing challenges from all angles that require serious attention, particularly the recent understanding that we are facing community transmission.”

Ganduje explained that despite a number of measures put in place to stem the continued spread of the disease, the state government was still battling with cultural and traditional misconceptions on the reality of the virus.

The governor, however, hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for the total lockdown of the state but said the action should have been extended to other states for maximum results.

He said: “I welcome the presidential taskforce and the President for the timely intervention. The state will work fully with you to get rid of the virus in the state. There is no gainsaying we do not have the cognitive experience in dealing with the current challenge. We hope your presence here will fortify our efforts.

“On the lockdown, we need the full presence of security agencies to enforce full restrictions of movement. Yet we have to take care of our security personnel and health workers to motivate them. With this, we need the support of the Federal Government.”

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