Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has called on the federal government to provide the state with financial assistance in its fight against the spread of coronavirus, as the figures of those infected in the state keeps surging up.
The governor made the call on Monday when he received the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, who was on a tour of the state to access the level of preparedness in the fight against the disease.
Describing how far the state has gone in preventing the spread of the disease Ganduje said “we have done a lot, collected over N500m, collected items which we will very soon start distributing, constituted grassroots committees that will ensure only those households that are identified as the poorest of the poor that will be provided with the palliative, but so far no financial assistance from the federal government and we are number three in terms of the infection.
He further expressed that Kano state needs more support at this point than Lagos state due to it’s falling level of the economy saying “we know Lagos economy today is much better than the economy of Kano, the acceptance of public enlightenment is higher in Lagos than that of Kano, we all know this fact.
“We started a few weeks ago, we were few but since it started in Kano, look at the speed with which it is going. I think we need urgent financial assistance to Kano state” Ganduje stated.”
He further revealed that he has since signed some adjustments in the public infectious disease regulations to allow for the proper conviction of those who might violate some basic instructions regarding curbing the spread of the disease in the state including journalists.
“To taken care of this unusual situation, with unusual behaviour by members of the public we decided to modify our public health infectious diseases regulations, which I have signed on the 16th of this month. That is taking care of the misdoings of those who are not ready to follow the regulations as prescribed by the Presidential Task Force.
“Gatherings, movement of people, social distancing, personal hygiene and most importantly even members of the press who give false information to confuse the members of the public, either due to ignorance or due to political differences, that regulation has taken care of that.
“Ask you not to conduct Friday prayers, you conduct Friday prayers, we take you to the court. Under the normal constitutional arrangement, there is freedom of this, there is freedom of that, but because of this peculiar situation, we established peculiar regulations which have given the government the task to do it” Ganduje declared.
In his address, the NCDC Director General promised that the Centre will design modalities of supporting Kano state to overcome its challenges in its effort to curb the spread of Coronavirus in the state.
Ganduje expressed satisfaction with the level of preparedness by the Kano state government especially in the provision of equipped isolation centre while describing the rate at which the disease is spreading as alarming.
“The rate at which the Virus is in the increase in some states in the country is very alarming, hence collective efforts need to be put in place to ensure that it is curbed,” the governor stated.