The Kano state government has ordered the closure of all routes linking to the state from other parts of the country from Friday 27th March, by 12 midnight.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, approved the decision to check spread of COVID-19.
“As from then all movements coming in or out of the state are banned. This includes all kinds of movements through the borders of the state,” a statement by the governor’s spokesman, Abba Anwar, said.
“Even those coming to Kano through Domestic Wing of Malam Aminu Kano International Airport (MAKIA) will remain at the airport, without getting entrance into the city.
The governor was quoted as saying, “This decision is hard, but absolutely necessary, as part of precautionary measures against the deadly COVID-19 possible spread. We urge Kano citizens and all other Nigerians to bear with this difficult situation.”
Government, according to the governor, would take all the necessary steps in making sure that, the state is safeguarded against the deadly disease.
“People must cooperate with health workers and all other stakeholders to make sure that our state is safe and the country in general.
The governor urged citizens to maintain social distancing as advised by health workers.
He was also called on and the need to stay at home, wash hands with running water or cleaning with sanitizer.
“All what health workers are doing is for the benefit of all, to have an improved healthy society with healthy population,” said the statement.
Mr Ganduje further reminded that civil servants who were ordered to stay off from offices, were given that directive to allow them stay at home for their safety and that of the society at large.
“All members of the public should stay away from going to markets, unless for essential needs,” he warns.
While boarders would remain shut, the governor said, the state would continue studying the situation and keep people abreast of any development.
“We are therefore calling on people to keep on praying and make sure that they always abide by all the medical advices given by health workers,” he urged.
All agencies such as Nigeria Police Force, Kano Command, Kano Roads Transport Authority, KAROTA, Hisbah among others, would see to the enforcement of this order.