By; FUNMI ADERINTO, Kaduna
As part of measures to cope with the challenges of CoronaVirus pandemic across the globe and frustrating it’s spread, Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai of Kaduna State on Wednesday took a tour around Kaduna metropolis Central Business District to assess the compliance to the partial closure of market.
He said it was a precautionary measure, as no case of Covid-19 has been reported in Kaduna State so far.
In order to avert the tragedy that might befall the residents of the state, he said on Monday in his broadcast: “The government has a duty to work with all our leaders and residents of our state to jointly ensure that everything is done to reduce the chance of the disease taking root and spreading in the state.
The state Governor, after he has chaired a high-level review of the implementation of the extraordinary measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the state.
He therefore, visited the Abubakar Gumi market and other locations to assess the level of compliance by traders over the stay at home directives issued by the state government.
According to him, “Kaduna State Government has decided to move from advice to actual enforcement of its restrictions on large gatherings, especially in churches and mosques.
“These agencies will also enforce compliance with the decision to close all schools, whether public or private, religious or secular, Islamiya or run by Christian missions.
“It is better to impose restrictions and save lives, than to be complacent and bury victims. Countries that have hesitated to impose extraordinary measures to contain coronavirus are now regretting. We have a chance to avoid such mistakes.
“Therefore, we reiterate the advise for people to stay at home and avoid moving around, unless it becomes necessary. Every trip should be postponed until this pandemic is curtailed.
“Only those who are alive can travel. Keep yourself and others safe by staying in one place.”
On her part, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe during her Broadcast on Wednesday, has assured that: “The state government is committed to getting food and necessities across to identified vulnerable groups should a lockdown become inevitable.
The required supplies are being procured while a system of distribution to the persons that most needs them is being worked out.
el-Rufai however, urged all citizens who recently returned from travel overseas to please self-isolate for 14 days.
“Any symptoms of cough, fever or difficulty in breathing should be reported to the following numbers: 08025088304, 08032401473, 08035871662 and 08037808191.”