Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has advised the market community in the state to adhere to COVID-19 protocols to avoid fresh lockdown.
Ganduje said this during a meeting with market stakeholders during which he warned them that the second wave of the virus is worse than the first.
He was represented by his deputy Nasiru Gawuna.
“We all know that it is the marketers that suffer most whenever there is a lockdown, especially those who have to work to feed on daily bases.
“Therefore, we need to enlighten and sensitize the market people to make them understand that they need to take responsibility and observe the necessary COVID-19 protocols to avoid the spread of the pandemic in the State and to avoid a situation that will necessitate the lockdown again.
“We don’t pray for another lockdown and so we have to sit up in the fight against the pandemic.
“We should use the facemask, observe the necessary hygiene by washing our hands and adhering to spacing as required,” the Governor stated.
Ganduje revealed that the state has produced two million facemasks and will be donating 100,000 facemasks to the market community.
“We should wear our facemasks, wash our hands regularly and avoid crowding by observing spacing. As market people you can even customize the facemask and paste your logo design on it to advertise your products.
“The federal government is working on the issue of the vaccine of COVID 19. If the committee in charge fulfils and confirms the vaccine it will be implemented accordingly.
“We have defeated polio in the past which also came with a lot of theories that later turned out to be untrue. For six months now Nigeria had bee declared polio free.
“So with the same vigour, we should also fight the COVID 19 pandemic to standstill.
“This pandemic is real and we have to seriously fight it. There was a house where the breadwinner died of COVID 19 recently and when the family members were tested, 19 of them were found to be positive,” the Governor said.