The Kano State government has shut down all ministries, departments and agencies, while instructing civil servants to stay at home as precautionary steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.
This order which is effective from Wednesday for a period of two weeks, will also see to it that luxurious buses are suspended from entering the state.
The Commissioner of Information in the state, Muhammad Garba, who addressed newsmen at a news conference on Tuesday, noted that the resolution followed the increasing number of reported cases of the COVID-19 virus across the country.
He said, “The council also noted that while the state is yet to record any single case of an outbreak, the resolution became necessary to ensure that the virus does not find its way to Kano State.”
After due deliberations at an emergency executive council meeting, Garba explained that the council advocated for a more aggressive awareness as a preventive measure. He also noted that the decision to ban public transport is to further ensure the safety of the people and in considerations of the nature of inflow of heavy vehicles across the state.
However, Garba stated that this directive does not affect or apply to health workers journalists, emergency response teams among other agencies with an essential assignment.