From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has declared today (Monday) gorgeous fasting against the outbreak of coronavirus in the state.
As Nigeria recorded over 90 cases of coronavirus, Kano is yet to record a single case, hence the need for the government to be up and doing to contain the outbreak of the deadly disease.
Speaking at the inauguration of 37-member Fund Raising Committee on COVID-19, held at the government house yesterday, Ganduje urged the people of the state to answer his call for fasting in order to pray against the outbreak of the dreaded disease.
“I call on Kano people to observe fasting tomorrow, 30th March, and 5th Sha’aban and pray hard against the outbreak of coronavirus in our dear state.
“I also called on people to intensify prayers because prayer is the best fire for this disease,” he said
Ganduje also stated that the state government has put everything in place, in terms of prevention and cure, to ensure that the disease has not ravaged the state.
He revealed that the richest man in Africa, Aliko Dangote, had also requested the state government to provide a facility for him to provide 600 beds and other infrastructure in order as a contribution towards the efforts to contain the outbreak of coronavirus in the state.
The governor also appealed to retired health workers in the state to volunteer to partake in the effort to fight coronavirus pandemic, calling on the interested retirees to register with the Ministry of Health.
Ganduje noted that the aim of forming the committee is to raise funds to assist the poor people and downtrodden in order to cushion the effects of lockdown in the state.
“While we are putting effort to take preventive and curative measures against the coronavirus pandemic, there are some group of people who cannot earn a living. Who must go out to fend for their families.
“There are those who are economically weak and must be affected during this trying time. That is why we decided to form a committee to rise money and mind in order to help them cushion the effects,” he noted.
He also urged the general public to intensify prayers against the outbreak of the disease, calling on the people to strictly adhere to the safety guidelines against the COVID-19.
In his remark, chairman of the committee, Professor Yahuza Bello expressed delight for being the leader of the committee.
He commended the governor for coming up with the idea to support the needy who could be suffering in the wake of the social distance directive.
He also expressed readiness to work diligently towards actualising the goals of forming the committee.