Kano State Government has declared a ban on all traditional Sallah festivities to mark the Eid-el-Kabir celebration slated for the end of July due to coronavirus pandemic.
The government said the decision is part of its effort to consolidate on the successes achieved in the fight against COVID-9 and the relaxation of lockdown in many states of the federation, including Kano state.
The state’s Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in a briefing with journalists on Wednesday, said the decision was taken at the State Executive Council’s meeting held on Tuesday.
He said, while permission has been granted for the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state, such would be under strict observance of safety protocols, which are also to be supervised by government officials.
Garba added that all the five Emirs in the state would go to the Eid Prayer Ground in their respective domains in motor vehicle, while there would be no visit to Shettima House, gathering for Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa and other traditional outings in the Emirates.
He stressed that the state government would assist in the provision of safety materials that included face masks and hand sanitizers as well as ensure strict observance of social distancing at the praying grounds.
Garba also revealed that the council also requested for progress report on the execution of the 400-bed capacity hospital projects in the new Emirates which are to have additional clinics such as Eye, Dental, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) which are being upgraded to reduce pressure on health facilities in Kano metropolis.
The state commissioner for education has been directed to submit a proposal to the council on the establishment of Mega Secondary Schools in the new Emirates.
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The council has approved the presentation of a proposal to the House of Assembly for an amendment to the state Emirates Council Law 2019 to pave way for review in the composition of kingmakers and rotation of chairmanship of the council.
The council, the commissioner stated, has given approval for the release of N16, 373, 699.00 for the establishment of an Information Technology Centre (ICT) at the state Film and Censorship Board.
As at Tuesday night, Kano state recorded 1,430 COVID-19 cases, 1,125 recoveries and 53 deaths.