President Muhammadu Buhari has formally flagged off the construction of the $2.8 billion Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano (AKK) gas pipeline project, said to be the largest of its kind in the nation.
The President who performed the ceremony virtually from the State House on Tuesday, called on governors of states on the path of the pipeline route to create an enabling environment for the success of the project.
The AKK project is a section of the trans-Nigeria gas pipeline with a capacity to transport 2.2 billion cubic feet of gas per day and will be fed from the existing domestic gas infrastructure.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai also flagged off the Kaduna end of the pipeline with a proclamation that the project will bring about rapid economic development in the northwest zone and the entire country.
El-Rufai was accompanied at the flag-off ceremony by the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.
Speaking during the ceremony at Rigachikun in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the governor said the 614km Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano project, will add 3,600MW of electricity to the grid when completed and also supply industrial clusters with constant power.
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, Sunday approved the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown in a bid to further ease the restriction of movement in the state.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar, who disclosed this in a statement in Kano, said the governor extended the directive to include Mondays.
The state government had last month ordered the relaxation of the lockdown on every Friday, Sunday and Wednesday.
He said: “To further cushion the effect and hardship caused by the lockdown in Kano State, Governor Ganduje has approved the relaxation of the lockdown on Mondays to be part of the existing free days (Friday, Sunday and Wednesday).
“While I urge the people to continue observing the COVID-19 protocols, I wish to convey to all, that, Monday is now the fourth day of a week, that lockdown is suspended.
“People are now free to move freely on Mondays within the stipulated time between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
“They must maintain wearing of face masks, social distancing, use of hand sanitizer and washing of hands with soap under running water.”
The dethroned Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has appealed judgement delivered at a Federal High Court against his fundamental human right allegedly infringed by Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Body.
In a motion of notice, the dethroned Emir Counsels, Diko and Muhmud, said, On 8th June, 2020 Court 1, a Federal High Court sitting in Kano presided over by Hon. Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, delivered a judgment dismissing in suit No. FHC/KN/CS/54/2020 instituted by His Highness, Muhammad Sanusi, II, CON seeking for the enforcement of his fundamental right to fair hearing.
They said, “As counsel to His Highness, we were not informed of the date the judgment was to be delivered; nonetheless, we have obtained the Certified True Copy of the judgment on the 10th day of June, 2020 and have studied it.”
“We have the instruction of His Highness to appeal the decision and after studying the decision, we have on the 10th instant filed a Notice of Appeal challenging the decision of the Federal High Court delivered on the 8th June, 2020.”
They added that, “In addition to the notice of appeal, we have also filed an Application for Injunction pending the hearing of our client appeal.
“We are optimistic that the appeal has merits and the facts and the law before the Court of Appeal are in favour of our client, and same will be pursued to a logical conclusion by our client.”
Diko and Muhmud said, “Based on the foregoing therefore, all further actions in respect of the subject matter of the appeal are automatically put on-hold and all parties should stay any action and not to take any precipitated step that will foist a fait accompli on the Court of Appeal.”
The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, said on Monday a total of 979 people died from strange illnesses over a five-week period in Kano.
Ehanire, who disclosed this at the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 media briefing in Abuja, said an investigation carried out by the special team sent to the state revealed that 50 to 60 percent of the deaths were associated with COVID-19.
According to him, most of the deceased persons were over 65 years old and more than half of the deaths occurred at home.
Kano State was hit by mass mysterious deaths in April.
The development prompted President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a two-week total lockdown of the state at the time.
The minister said:
“With the observation and recommendations of the three-week assignment, the committee developed strategic incident management and coordination plan to strengthen the capacity of the health workers and improve community engagement in line with our response plan.
“The healthcare workers in Kano and the northern part of our country had become very jittery at the advent of coronavirus disease and had stopped or slowed down attending to other patients which led to complications in the health delivery.
“Many of them have become infected. Over 150 health workers were infected at the time of the arrival of the team.
“After they conducted their training on infection prevention and control, there was no report on the infection recorded among the health workers. This way, their confidence was restored and service was also restored in essential and routine case management and also COVID-19 management.
“With regards to the unexplained deaths which occurred in Kano over a five-week period, the team confirmed that a total of 979 deaths were actually recorded in eight Municipal Local Government Areas in the state and at a time at the rate of 43 deaths per day as measured by counting activities at the graveyard.
“The peak was in the second week of April and by the end of April, the numbers have started to reduced and have finally now settled at eleven deaths per day which were about what it was before.
“The verbal autopsy revealed that about 56 percent of the deaths occurred at home while 38 percent were in the hospital.
“The investigation suggests that 50 percent to 60 percent of the deaths may have been triggered by or due to COVID-19.”
The guidelines according to the Governor include having a curriculum that tallies with a formal school system, there must be a provision for Almajiri in terms of their full shelter, foods, clothing and all other necessary livelihoods.
Ganduje added that if Almajiri system will continue, there must be qualified teachers who will be certified by the government through test and examinations.
“If these guidelines are strictly followed and abide by, then we will allow the system to fully operate in Kano,” Ganduje assured.
The Ganduje-led Kano State Government on Monday reviewed the lockdown order to allow Friday and eid-el-fitr prayers to hold across the state as the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 extended the lockdown in the state by two weeks.
This was disclosed by the state governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje after holding a closed-door meeting with Islamic clerics at the government house on Monday.
A statement issued by the Special Adviser on Media to the governor, Malam Salihu Tanko Yakasai, said the Ganduje approved Fridays and Eid prayers after a lengthy consultation with the Islamic Scholars and other government officials at the Government House.
“His Excellency, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje OFR has accepted and approved recommendations by a selection of 30 Islamic scholars in Kano for the Government to allow Friday Prayers as well as Eid Prayers to hold.
“This means that the relaxation of the lockdown on the days of Monday and Thursday will continue, but Friday prayers will also be allowed as well as Eid Prayers, but traditional Eid celebrations in the State will not be allowed,” the statement read in part.
According to the statement, the Imams have also been directed to ensure that everyone wears face mask, as well as the use of sanitizers and washing of hands. They should also observe spacing as well as making brief khutbah and observing social distancing.
Recall that the Federal Government on Monday said that Nigeria is not yet ready for full opening of the economy and tough decisions have to be taken for the good of the greater majority.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and Chairman, Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, said this in Abuja at the 33rd joint national briefing of the Taskforce
The Federal Government says there are no conclusions yet with regard to ‘strange’ deaths in Kano State.
The Minister for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, disclosed this on Thursday, in Abuja at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
NobleReporters reports that Kano State witnessed yet-to-be-explained deaths in the recent past.
No fewer than 150 people were feared dead in the state, prompting investigations to determine whether the deaths were related to COVID-19.
According to the minister, the unexplained deaths did not only occur in Kano but in eight states of the federation.
He gave the assurance that the ministry would continue to investigate them.
He said, “investigations were still ongoing in the matter.”
The minister also said that Nigeria had been able to learn from ongoing interactions with Chinese personnel, based on their own experiences in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in China.
He encouraged those who claimed to have solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic to go ahead with research on them.
According to him, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) is there for all researchers to approach.
He added: “Nobody needs to give you permission to approach NAFDAC.
“The latest statistics from the National Health Management Information System indicate that out-patient visits dropped from million to about two million and antenatal visits from 1.3 million to 655,000.
“Others include skilled birth attendance, from 158,374 to less than 99,000, while immunisation services reduced by about half.
“All these failings have yet undetermined consequences, which the easing of the lockdown should hopefully address.
“However, the suspected downside of easing restrictions has to be balanced off by citizens, with collective determination by all of us, not only to comply with protective and prophylactic advisories but to encourage relatives, friends neighbours and customers to do the same,” he said.
Kano state government has quarantined over 2000 Almajiris to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the state, the second hotspot of the virus after Lagos State.
The Kano state Commissioner of Health Ibrahim Tsanyawa confirmed this to Channels Television that a team of rapid response experts have been trained to manage the Almajiris at their quarantine centres.
Mr Tsanyawa revealed that the trainees were selected from medical doctors, nurses, community health workers and laboratory scientists to test and screen the Almajiris at their in their camps in Kiru, Gabasawa and Karaye Local Government Areas of the state.
He explained that the Almajiris, including those that had been repatriated from other states to Kano, would be tested for COVID-19.
He added that those who have tested positive for the virus would be taken to isolation center for treatment, while those that are negative would be taken back to their homes and reunite with their parents.
“They are all going to be tested for COVID-19 to know their status. Those with the disease will be taken to isolation centres while the negative ones be reunited with their families.
“We have over 2000 frontline health workers in Kano. Adequate Personal Protective Equipment, PPE had been provided to them to protect themselves. They are also working in public facilities. They work at both private and secondary health institutions,” the commissioner said.
In his remarks, the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje described the almajiris as the most vulnerable to the virus.
According to him, the kids are subjected to health threats as they have no shelter, living in congestion with no proper sanitation, emphasising that quarantining them and subjecting them to health care is the only way forward.
“We shall commerce testing them. Those that are negative will be taken to their origins. Those found positive will be taken to isolation center and be taken to their states of origin after they recover and fully certified COVID-19 free by NCDC,” he said.
Governor Ganduje charged the trainees to perform above expectations, noting that no amount of allowance could match their reward for sacrifice and service to humanity.
The Federal Government has disclosed that the school feeding programme for pupils in primary schools will commence next week in four states.
As part of measures to cushion the impact of COVID-19 and lockdown on vulnerable households, President Muhammadu Buhari had, during his first broadcast in March, directed the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development to work with relevant state governments in developing a strategy on how to sustain the school feeding programme despite closure of schools.
In carrying out the directive, the ministry said it would liaise with state governors to work out modalities on how the feeding programme would continue while pupils are at home.
The minister in previous fora had also hinted that a door-to-door voucher distribution system would be used for the feeding exercise.
Giving an update on the programme, the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq, said the exercise would commence in Lagos, Ogun, Kano states, and the FCT next week.
Speaking at the Karimajiji Disabled Colony in the FCT yesterday during the distribution of palliatives to Persons with Disabilities (PwDs), the minister said: “By next week, we are going to start off the school feeding programme with FCT, Lagos, Ogun, and Kano states.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has said that the spread of COVID-19 in the state is due to delay in the testing of suspected cases.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, yesterday stated that the mysterious death of over 100 people in the state may have been due to coronavirus.
Lamenting the situation during the unveiling of the mobile testing center donated by Aliko Dangote, the Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ganduje, quoted him to have said:
“There is no doubt that Kano is in trouble.
“And there is no doubt that we started on a shaky foundation.
“When samples were taken to Abuja for 7 hours and came back again in 7 hours, that was the shaky foundation I am talking about.
“We then lodged our complaint to President Muhammadu Buhari, who ordered for the establishment of a Testing Centre at Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, which after take-off was shut down for some days if not weeks.
“That was what escalated the transmission of the disease up to community transmission.”
The Kaduna State government has announced that 14 more almajiri Children who recently returned from Kano State have tested positive for COVID-19 Pandemic.
In a statement issued on Saturday, the Special Adviser to the Kaduna state Governor on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye said the new positive results have increased active cases in the state to 41, with one death recorded.
The statement expressed concern that the figure might rise as more test results are awaited.
“Further progress on expanding testing capacity is being made by the Kaduna state COVID-19 Standing Committee,” he said.
He added that the installation of a PCR machine had commenced at the Yusuf Dantsoho General Hospital at Tudun Wada area of the state capital.
When accredited by the NCDC, the facility will increase to three the number of Covid-19 testing labs activated in Kaduna State during this pandemic.
“The Standing Committee commended the people of Kaduna State for their sacrifice and cooperation in enduring Quarantine Orders that are designed to protect citizens from Covid-19, prevent the spread of the virus from other states and avert the nightmare of community transmission,” the statement continued.
The statement also explained that the robust enforcement of border lockdowns will complement the inconveniences being endured by Kaduna State residents.
“This will eliminate both willful and inadvertent spread of Covid-19 by persons crossing state lines in breach of Kaduna State Quarantine Orders and the prohibition of interstate travel by the Federal Government,” said.
“Citizens are encouraged to report anyone who sneaks into the state so that health officials can take swift action”.
Former senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has blamed mass illiteracy and ignorance for the worsening case of COVID-19 in Kano State.
Kano yesterday recorded 92 cases of COVID-19 which draws the total number to 311 amid mysterious deaths which occurred last week.
According Shehu Sani, misapplication of religious beliefs is getting the people away from science and towards harms way.
He said, “The situation in Kano is an avoidable creeping tragedy. In times of health emergencies, religious leaders in Kano have a history of promoting dangerous myths, hazardous superstitions and fictional narratives,” the former senator said.
“The political leadership in Kano is tragically bending towards the lunacy of the mythical, anti science religious clerics thereby setting the mass of the populace in the harms way.
“From Polio to Coronavirus, the north and particularly Kano has historically become a breeding ground and a harbinger of infectious and contagious diseases as a direct result of the misrepresentation of religion to undermine medical realities or the concoction and dissemination of bogus conspiracy theories and conjectures.
“Mass illiteracy and ignorance in Kano fertilizes, catalyzes and aggravates the COVID-19 situation in the state.
“The most efficient and effective way of inciting the mass of the people in Kano or most parts of the North against any idea, policy, substance or matter or against any science, technology, food or drug, is to induct or recruit religious leaders to rebuke or denounce it as a conspiratorial plot to reduce the number of Muslims, and it will be wholeheartedly believed by a gullible mass.”
He added that the almajiri kids show ere sent to their villages forcefully would one day return as bandits.
“Interstate Almajiri exchange program will not solve the Almajiri problems in the North. The strategy of forceful ‘deportation’ of the Almajiri to their villages or their states of origins amounts to hiding our dirty laundry instead of cleaning them,” he said.
“The Almajiri you refused to educate and integrate but choose to forcefully take out to the villages, will return as bandits or insurgents.
“Northern Politicians and elites toxic strategy of exploitation of religion to rise to power or preserve it has continuously undermined the region socio economic development.”
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) says it has activated the second Molecular Laboratory in Kano State, to enhance detection and prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the state.
The agency via its verified Twitter handle @ncdcgov, on Thursday said the centre had been activated at the Bayero University, Kano (BUK).
“The 18th COVID-19 testing laboratory has been activated at Bayero University, Kano – the second laboratory to be activated in the state.
“We remain committed to rapidly scaling up COVID-19 testing capacity in Nigeria, as outlined in the national testing strategy.”
NobleReporters reports that the centre was designed with 180 daily testing capacity to complement the existing one at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH).
N.Rs learnt that the management of the university earlier announced plans for the centre to begin operation on May 1 to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Prof. Isa Abubakar, the Director, Centre for Infectious Diseases and Research of the university, said that the idea of setting up the centre came up even before the reported index case of the disease in the state.
Abubakar said that the project could not be completed due to some constraints.
“The operational capacity of the centre was threefold higher than state-owned coronavirus diagnostic centres.
“Adequate measures have been put in place to handle large numbers of samples,” he said.
He noted that the centre, when fully functional, would also embark on study for the development of a vaccine as well as enhance awareness creation of the people through research findings.
According to him, the university has the manpower and the necessary resources to venture into the development of a vaccine for COVID-19.
As of April 30, Kano State had recorded 219 coronavirus cases and five deaths.
The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has reacted to the deaths which have been recently recorded in Kano State amid COVID-19 pandemic.
MURIC Director, Prof Ishaq Akintola, who reacted via a statement questioned the lack of COVID-19 test centers in Kano State which is highly populated.
According to him, it might be a ”deliberate attempt at debilitating Northern population with its attendant impact on Muslim majority population in the country”.
“Too many people are dying in Kano these days. It is too unusual. We suspect COVID-19. We need help in Kano very urgently. This is an S.O.S. The Federal Government must act with dispatch. We cannot afford to play the waiting game in this matter. We may not overwhelm COVID-19 even if we succeed in containing it in the rest of the country. This is because Kano is strategically positioned. The virus can easily spread to the North West, North East and then down South.
“Records have shown that the advent of the virus in some Northern states is not unconnected with the ancient city of Kano. The index cases in Adamawa, Plateau, and Jigawa are from Kano. Even two of the index cases in Kaduna are from Kano. That is an indication that the virus is very active in Kano State. Kano already has 77 cases of Corona virus at the last count but even that figure is debatable.
“More disturbing is the rumour that the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) in the state has locked up its offices and its officials are not responding to distress calls. The only testing centre in Kano which is situated at the Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital has also been allegedly locked up. So where did NCDC get its figure on Kano? Something is fishy here. We are surprised that testing centres are almost nonexistent in the North. Is this a deliberate attempt at debilitating Northern population with its attendant impact on Muslim majority population in the country?
“We therefore demand an inquiry into circumstances surrounding the alleged closure of NCDC office in Kano State as well as the paucity of testing centres in the whole North.” the statement read.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday declared a total lockdown in Kano state for a period of two weeks to prevent further spread of the coronavirus in the northwest state.
The Nigerian leader, in a nationwide broadcast, said: “With regards to Kano, I have directed the enforcement of a total lockdown for a period of two weeks effective immediately. The Federal Government shall deploy all the necessary human, material and technical resources to support the State in controlling and containing the pandemic and preventing the risk of further spread to neighboring States.”
>>> 2 Police officers test positive for COVID-19 pandemic <<<
Two officers of Nigeria police have tested positive for coronavirus in Ondo State.
Ondo State governor Rotimi Akeredolu made the disclosure during his weekly broadcast on COVID-19 in the state.
Currently, Ondo State has eight cases of coronavirus after recording five cases over the weekend.
“The fourth and fifth Cases occurred on Saturday while the sixth, seventh and eighth Cases were discovered yesterday, Sunday,” Akeredolu said.
“The fourth and fifth Cases are officers of the Nigerian Police Force, serving under the Lagos State Police Command.”
Akeredolu on Sunday disclosed that one of the arrested suspects in the murder of Funke Olakunrin tested positive for coronavirus.
The governor disclosed that the seventh coronavirus case “was a female civilian who sneaked into the State from Abuja. Meanwhile, the eighth case was discovered in Owo and samples taken were confirmed positive late last night.”
To curtail a further spread of coronavirus in the state, Akeredolu said he has directed the wider processes to trace, isolate and test all primary and secondary contacts with all the cases while at large in the state.
Akeredolu said himself and other governors in the country “are seriously worried about the implications of the existing measures on the self-preservation, well-being and prosperity of our people.”
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Kano State governor Umar Ganduje on Monday accused the Presidential Taskforce on Coronavirus of neglecting the state in treatment and containing the spread of the global pandemic.
“The problem (is) with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. Even its Director-General was in Kano. He spent a night here but we have not heard from him again,” Ganduje said in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service.
“The Minister of Health is also aware that the laboratory is not functioning.”
Kano State health commissioner Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa on Saturday, April 11 announced the first case of coronavirus in the state.
Since the first case, Kano now has 77 confirmed cases of coronavirus according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). One death has been recorded.
But asides the cases of coronavirus, Kano State is currently dealing with a situation of ‘strange deaths’ that has killed over 600 residents.
The state government is yet to speak on the cause of the deaths whether it is coronavirus related or not.
Residents of Kano have continued to live in anxiety about the strange ailment killing many people, including prominent indigenes, in the city almost on a daily basis.
Nigeria’s health minister Dr Osagie Ehanire during the weekend said the Federal Government is investigating the cause of the ‘mysterious deaths’ in the state.
Ganduje, however, speaking on coronavirus in the state describes the situation is scary.
“We are in a serious problem. I can tell you the situation is really bad and scary. Because what we solely rely upon in fighting the disease is the testing centre,” Ganduje said.
The governor said there is also a shortage of sample collection equipment which is expensive to acquire.
Ganduje said residents, whose samples were collected are still waiting to know their fate.
“There is a serious problem. We have been complaining that Kano needs more than one testing centre, right from the beginning of this (pandemic),” Ganduje said.
>>> Two Chinese Nationals Arrested In Zamfara For Illegal Activities <<<
Police Operatives in Zamfara state have arrested two Chinese Nationals and two other locals for engaging in illegal mining activities at Kwali village in Bukkuyum local government area of the state.
The spokesman of the state police Command, Mohammed Shehu said in a statement that the arrest of the suspects followed an intelligence information that some foreigners in concert with other unpatriotic Nigerians engaged in illegal mining activities in Kwali, Bukkuyum LGA of the state.
He said the Commissioner of Police, Usman Nagogo acting on the strength of the information, led a special taskforce team to Kwali mining sites on Sunday to assess and see things for himself.
On getting to the site, he said two Chinese Nationals were seen with all the chemicals necessary for making gold.
The police spokesman however said that The two Chinese Nationals Mr WANG and Mr. CHUN are being interrogated to get more information that could help the course of investigation.
He also disclose that hundreds of illegal miners ran away as they saw the police team, while two laborers among them were however arrested.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded an immediate investigation into the mass death recorded in Kano State, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to visit the state.
The party said its call is predicated on conflicting reports emanating from Kano State on the cause of the sudden deaths particularly at this time that the nation is battling with the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
PDP also criticised the state governor Abdullahi Ganduje for allegedly failing to take appropriate measures to combat the spread of the coronavirus or whatever medical situation that is causing the deaths.
“Our party holds that the situation in Kano demands an immediate Presidential visit and investigation at a very high level.
“Those dying in Kano are Nigerians and must not be abandoned. The development deserves utmost Presidential attention to avoid further escalation.
“It is even more ludicrous that Governor Ganduje chose to politicise the health issues in his state by resorting to unnecessary denials and pecuniary concerns.
“Such an anti-people approach to governance is always symptomatic of leadership that did not emanate from the mandate of the people.
“Our party, therefore, calls on Nigerians to hold Governor Ganduje and his APC administration responsible for the development in Kano State which had worsened due to the failure of both Kano state and the Federal Government to promptly investigate and contain the situation.
“Consequently, the PDP charges President Buhari to immediately wade in and arrest the situation in Kano without any further delay,” the statement read in part.
Dr Sabitu Shuaibu, the Deputy Coordinator Kano State COVID-19 response, in an interview on Channels Television special COVID-19 programme revealed on Friday that over 640 citizens have died under mysterious circumstances in the last one week.
The Sarkin Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has confirmed that the mass deaths reported in Kano State were not from COVID-19 as some have alleged.
In a statement on Sunday the Sarkin noted that he was informed by the State’s Ministry of Health that the ‘mysterious’ deaths earlier reported in Kano State were not as a result of COVID-19 outbreak.
He prayed for the reposed, asking Allah that their of souls may be forgiven.
The Sarkin also spoke about the COVID-19 pandemic, urging Kano residents to adhere to all the directives by the National Centre for Disease Control and other health agencies that are authorities on the subject matter.
Below is the full speech by the Sarkin Kano.
My people may the peace and blessing of Allah be upon you all.
We wish to inform you that, the Kano state ministry of health has informed us about the update on the outbreak of COVID-19 in various places across the state.
This report is really important, the report has further confirmed to us that COVID-19 is real and that as of today about 73 people have tested positive for the pandamic.
My people, with regards to this situation, it had become necessary for us to remind you on the need to follow all the necessary medical advice.
You all must stay away from over crowded places, wash your hands regularly with soap and use face mask.
We also urge you to avoid stigmatisation on people with the infection, avoid fake news that may likely create panic among our people.
I equally call on you to look after your children and make sure they do not continue to play football on the streets, once you notice any symptoms please do not hesitate to report such to medical experts.
My people, I call on you to remain calm, and continue to pray for Allah’s intervention. I therefore want to use this opportunity to condole the family of those who lost lives recently.
We were equally informed by the ministry that the deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
We therefore pray for the repose of the souls who lost their lives, may Almighty Allah forgive them, those infected, we pray for their quick recovery.
The new emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, has reacted to the mass deaths recorded in Kano State.
Recall that scores of people, including elites and prominent sons of the state, have died in Dala, Fagge, Tarauni, Nasarawa, Gwale and Kano Municipal.
Among those already buried are academics, administrators, bankers, media practitioners and businessmen.
Reacting, a statement the Emir personally signed maintained that the deaths were not COVID-19 related.
“We have been informed by the ministry that the deaths were not as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“This report is really important, the report has further confirmed to us that COVID-19 is real and that as of today about 73 people have tested positive for the pandemic.
“My people, with regards to this situation, it has become necessary for us to remind you of the need to follow all the necessary medical advice,” he said.
He further urged Kano residents to stay away from crowded places, wash their hands regularly and avoid stigmatizing others.
“I equally call on you to look after your children and make sure they do not continue to play football on the streets, once you notice any symptoms please do not hesitate to report such to medical experts,” he advised.
The Emir while calling for more prayers, commiserated with families of the deceased.
President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday met with the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire and the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
It is believed that both Ehanire and Ihekweazu gave updates to the president, over their efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
Buhari’s Personal Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, announced the meeting on his Twitter handle.
“FLASH: President @MBuhari receives briefing on Nigeria’s #COVID19 situation, from Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire and Director-General of the NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu this evening at the Presidential Villa, Abuja,” Ahmad wrote.
The meeting took place a few hours before the expiration of the 14-day lockdown the President ordered in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States.
Buhari is expected to make his position on the lockdown public on Monday.
Details of meeting
President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday night received the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the Director-General, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu.
The trio held a closed-door meeting at the State House, Abuja.
The parley was on the strange disease in Kano, the lockdown and the coronavirus crisis.
Ehanire told State House correspondents that his ministry had been communicating with relevant agencies, including Kano State Government with a view to addressing the problem.
The minister said further updates will be provided.
He disclosed that he and Ihekweazu briefed the president on the activities of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
They also discussed the restriction in Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States, as the lockdown caused by the disease expires Monday night.
The Nigerian leader is expected to announce a 14-day ban on inter-state movement as requested by governors.
Ehanire said they gave Buhari the summary position of the PTF and the ministries, weighing health and socio-economic factors.
The minister assured that Nigeria was winning the fight against the outbreak as all relevant health institutions were working in collaboration.
He said: “The fight is going on very well. As I said, all countries have continued with the struggle against coronavirus, using the strategies that they have developed for their own countries.
“We have developed a strong strategy as we are working with other expert groups like the NCDC and relevant health organisations. So, we are also working with the states and the governors.’’
Ihekweazu said NCDC will continue to build up its testing strategies.
“At the moment, 14 testing centres have been activated across the country. We want to bring the test closer to every state. Everybody is working very hard to solve this problem.
“I can see that some people are already procuring Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits. They don’t work as far as we know. So, I will really recommend that we all stick to the National Strategy, build on it, support its expansion and together we will get on top of the pandemic,’’ he stated.