Malam Garba explained that the measure followed successes recorded in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state in the last three months.
Kano recorded six new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
The commissioner also stated that permanent secretaries and heads of heads of extra ministerial department and agencies are, by this directive, requested to ensure that there is compliance to government COVID-19 protocols and regulations in their work places.
Workers in Kano were directed to stay at home since January 18, following upsurge in cases of the disease.
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday relieved his Special Adviser on Media, Salihu Tanko Yakasai of his appointment
Mr. Yakasai’s sack was due to his “continued unguarded comments and utterances which are deemed contrary to the stand of the All Progressive Congress (APC) government which he is serving,” the state government said in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information Malam Muhammad Garba.
The sack is with immediate effect.
Mr. Yakasai had called for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his inability to prevent the recent abduction of schoolgirls in Zamfara State among other security concerns.
But the Kano State Government’s statement said the aide had failed to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern and therefore cannot be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe in.
The governor also warned political appointees and public servants to guard against making statements capable of drawing superfluous controversy.
The statement reaffirmed the commitment of Governor Ganduje to the policies and programmes of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The sack is coming hours after Mr. Yakasai, known as ‘Dawisu’ on social media platform Twitter, was reportedly arrested by the Department of State Security in Kano.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said at a press briefing on Saturday that the lockdown imposed by the federal government on Kano will be eased to allow for free movement of people within certain periods.
Ganduje said the decision to ease the lockdown was taken with the consent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The President had, on April 27, imposed a two-week complete lockdown on Kano after COVID-19 cases in the states started to rise.
According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Kano has the second-highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country with 311, only behind Lagos.
“We sought for the consent of Mr President on how to relax the lockdown, to allow for some free movements of people, but within stipulated hours of the agreed days,” Ganduje said on Saturday.
The lockdown will allow for the movement of people on Mondays and Thursdays between the hours of 10 am to 4 pm.
The public is still expected to observe COVID-19 protocols such as social distancing.
Markets also must remain closed, with the exception of Yankaba market, where perishable items are sold and Yan Lemo market, where fruits are sold.
” . . . people must observe all protocols as given by our health professionals,” Ganduje said. “We should all know that there is no shortcut in the fight against COVID-19 all over the world. So we must always abide by all the protocols.”
Dangote donates mobile testing centre
At the press briefing, Ganduje announced that Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote is donating a mobile testing centre to the state.
The centre has the capacity to test 400 people daily and is expected to arrive in Kano by Monday.
The Governor said the state was targeting more testing centres.
Rising cases in the state “is a thing of great concern,” Ganduje said. “Though we are aware that with the bouncing back of the Aminu Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital Testing Centre with the capacity of 88 samples per day, and the coming up of another Testing Centre at Bayero University, Kano, with the capacity of 20 samples per day, would mean another rise in the identified positive cases.”
He also addressed the increase in the price of essential commodities like sugar and salt.
“I had a meeting with Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u,”‘ he said. “they all assured that they didn’t increase a kobo in the prices of their products. This means that any hike in the prices of sugar, salt and other commodities will not be tolerated by the state.
“It is as a result of this that I directed the State Anti-Corruption Commission to be very vigilant and monitor sells at points of sales of such commodities.
“Whoever is found increasing any price will have his or her products confiscated and whatever is confiscated will be put into our palliative programme to be distributed to the public free.”
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has relieved the appointment of the Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Mu’azu Magaji with immediate effect.
According to a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the commissioner was removed following his unguarded utterances against the person of the late Chief of Staff to the President, Malam Abba Kyari.
He said as a public servant, the commissioner ought to have respect for the office by refraining from any act capable of rendering it to disrepute.
“The action of a public servant, personal or otherwise reflects back on the government and therefore, the Ganduje administration would not tolerate people in official capacities engaging in personal vendetta or otherwise,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, the state government eulogised Kyari, stressing that he led a life worthy of emulation by serving his country to the best of his ability.
News that Mr Kyari had tested positive for COVID-19 first broke on March 24, about 10 days after he returned from a trip to Germany during which he met with officials of Siemens in Munich on Nigeria’s electricity expansion programme.
He confirmed the news himself in a statement on March 29, the same day President Buhari made his first nationwide broadcast on the pandemic and announced a two-week lockdown in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
In the statement, Mr Kyari revealed that he would be transferred to Lagos from the FCT for treatment and expressed the hope that he would recover and return to work soon.
But nearly a month after, he lost the battle with the disease as aides to the president announced that he died on Friday, April the 17th, 2020.
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje on Saturday launched a special fumigation exercise of public spaces in the state.
The exercise is part of measures against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fumigation is being done in partnership with the Lee Group, a company with Chinese origins.
“As part of their corporate social responsibility, the Lee Group of Companies heed to our request urging private companies to join hands with us in this fight against COVID-19,” Ganduje said during the exercise on Saturday.
“We are calling on other private hands to also join us in these measures the state is taking.”
From the Government House, fumigators proceeded to Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Nassarawa GRA, where the governor witnessed the fumigation exercise, along with the Commissioners of Environment and Information, Dr Kabiru Ibrahim Getso and Mallam Muhammad Garba, Managing Director of Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) Abdullahi Mu’azu Gwarzo, among others.
Ganduje explained that it was because his government didn’t want to cripple the economy of the state, that the closure of Kano borders, from today, does not affect essentials like foodstuffs and some raw materials among others.
“While we are in this emergency situation, we will still do our best to see that suffering for our people is minimized,” he said.
He also encouraged people to take social distancing very seriously and stay indoors.
“This is the major reason why we closed our schools and directed worked to stay off from their offices,” he said. “People should understand that even going to markets should be regulated, unless for essential reasons please.”
Below are more photos from the fumigation exercise:
Vice President Yemi Osibajo, on Friday joined Muslim faithful resident in the Federal Capital Territory to pay Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa.
He was joined by other well meaning Nigerians including some Christian clerics, to pay homage to the President.
Muslim faithful started gathering at the residence immediately after the Eid prayers and Vice President Yemi Osibajo led them into the President’s living room.
There he said that it was important that Nigerians coexisted no matter their faith.
Wishing all Nigerians a prosperous and peaceful nation, he said; “The Almighty God who loves everyone of us so dearly wants us to live together in peace and prosperity.
“The business of government as Mr President has said so often is the protection of lives and property and to give everybody a good opportunity to live in a way that they wish and to worship God in the way that they wish.”
The President thanked the delegation for sincerely fulfilling the traditional homage and for their loyalty to the country, describing the visit as a rare privilege.
He also called for more sacrifice from Nigerians as the country is at the moment witnessing a youth population explosion.
The President captured how his security was overwhelmed at the prayer ground by a large crowd of youths who surrounded him struggling to see him.
“I had to hold tight to my gown to get to my car. I was advised to enter from the ADC’s seat, I refused. I went across and tried raise my hands to the youths who wanted to see me.
“It is only God Almighty that protects leaders because in a mob like this, anybody with a sharp knife can get access and do a lot of damage.
“All the Policemen and the soldiers that were deployed since six in the morning before I came out two hours later in the rains cannot protect you. Only God protects.
The Permanent Secretary of the FCT said that the Sallah homage has been a tradition for them, urging other parts of the country to emulate this and the peace that the Federal Capital Territory has been experiencing.
The delegation handed out some Sallah gifts to the President amid cheers.
The Emir of Kano has urged wealthy individuals in Nigeria to assist the less privileged members of the society, as “it is part of the greatest teaching and actions of the prophet of Islam”.
Imam Muhammad Sanusi II in a message to Islamic faithful in Nigeria also called on Kano residents to continue to remain peaceful with one another irrespective of religious or ethnic differences.
Imam Sanusi II, who led the prayers at the praying ground, urged faithfuls to continue to emulate the teachings of the prophet of Islam by helping the needy and the poor.
The prayers were conducted peacefully in all parts of Kano State, with high presence of security officials to ensure peaceful celebrations.
The Emir also urged residents to continue to cooperate with government at various levels for a meaningful economic and social development.
“We call on you to continue to be peaceful with one another despite their religious or ethnic background, we also wants you to continue to give your maximum support to both state and Federal Government for a more meaningful development. May God Bless you and bless Nigeria,” the Emir said.
In his Eid-el-Fitr message, the State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje assured the people of the state that his government would continue to remain committed in protecting the lives and property of its citizen, as he promised to deliver on his campaign promises.
Highlights of the celebration include the traditional Sallah horse riding by the Emir’s royal guards and other traditional title holders of the Kano Emirate.
The new Emir Of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, has arrived in the Emir’s Palace Six days after His Nomination to succeed the late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, who died seven days ago.
On Thursday, Mobile Police Men who were previously directed to siege the palace for security reasons were withdrawn which eventually paved the way for the new emir to move in.
The half kilometre drive from the Government House to the emir’s Palace on Friday was smooth, as a large crowd followed the procession to the palace.
Led to the palace by a well-armed security team, State Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and the members of the State Executive Cancel, district heads and other traditional title holders, Mallam Sanusi alighted from a limousine vehicle dressed colourfully in royal regalia.
At the palace, the Emir, riding on a horse, was received by the Emirate’s Senior Councillor, Alhaji Abass Sanusi, and the Three King makers of the kingdom.
On the Emir’s arrival, celebrations ensued at the palace, with friends and relatives gathered to welcome him.
The Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has formally declared for the All Peoples Congress (APC).
Reports said that the governor and his deputy, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, unveiled the APC flag after meeting with political stakeholders and loyalists of the governor within the state PDP, representing 44 local government areas of the state.
The governor afterwards said: “It is imperative to leave the old order and embrace the new order found in the APC to bring about democratic change in Nigeria.’’
The governor then went ahead to hoist the APC flag at the Governor’s Office, and the Kano State Government House.
Governor Kwankwaso alongside his counterpart from Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi had earlier in the week confirmed their defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) by attending the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
Few weeks ago the governors declared their intentions to defect to the APC after several months of running a controversial faction of the PDP which they called the New PDP led by Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
Out of 2,400 members of the National Youth Service Corps in the Batch A deployed to Kano State, about 900 of them have been redeployed to other states due to the current security challenge in the commercial city.
The state coordinator of the NYSC in the state, Salisu Yakasai, made this known during the closing ceremony of the Batch A orientation exercise.
The corps members were relocated because of the recent suicide bomb attacks in the state with the latest being the attack at Sabon Gari Luxury Bus Park in Kano city.
Traumatised by the recent attack at the bus park, majority of the fresh graduates sort to be relocated to other parts of the country considered safer for them.
According to Mr. Salisu, the remaining 1,500 corps members would be redeployed to the rural areas of the state as they are relatively safer.
Meanwhile, the state Deputy Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has charged those who stayed back to harness the various job opportunities offered to them in the state, promising that government would do everything to ensure their safety.
Disturbed by the incessant attacks by gunmen on motorbikes which have claimed lives in recent times, the Kano State Government has banned the use of motorcycles, popularly known as Achaba, for commercial purposes in the city. Kano reportedly has the highest number of commercial motorcycles in the country with conservative estimates putting the number of riders in the state at about one million.
According to Channels Television’s correspondent in Kano, the Deputy Governor of the State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Tuesday held a meeting with the leaders of the various commercial motorcyclists association to inform them of the plan ban on their operation within the metropolis.
Mr Ganduje, who requested that the leaders pass the message of the ban to their members, said though owners of motorcycles can still use their bikes in the city, howbeit not for commercial purposes.
The government also request owners of motorcycles in the state to go and register their bikes at their respective Local Government Areas.
The ban follows similar adoptions by state governments which they say curbs incidents of crime.
Many crimes, particularly attacks on security operatives in the Northern Nigerian State, were carried out by men on motorcycles.