Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has flagged off a special fumigation exercise of the state as part of proactive measures against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the monthly sanitation exercise on Saturday at the Government House, Ganduje said the fumigation would particularly be in worship places, markets, hospitals, motor parks and major roads.
“This is a start-up exercise of sanitizing our environment, because we are fighting this pandemic from all angles,” he said.
The governor commended Lee Group of Companies for supporting the government with four trucks of chlorine as part of their corporate social responsibility.
He said: “Lee Group of Companies heeded to our request urging private companies to join hands with us in this fight against the pandemic.
“Lee’s intervention is part of the company’s CSR, which we really commend. We are calling on other private hands to also join us in these measures.”
The governor alongside the Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, and that of the Environment, Dr. Kabiru Getso, witnessed the flag off at Government House, State Road and Muhammad Abdullahi Wase Hospital.
Ganduje explained that it was because his government did not want to cripple the economy that the closure of Kano borders did not affect essential needs like food, some raw materials among others.
“We are in this sorry and emergency situation and we will do our best to see that suffering of our people is minimised,” he stated.
He also disclosed that markets would remain open and encourage people to take the issue of social distancing very seriously, but added that it will be better for them to remain indoors.
Earlier, the Commissioner for the Environment, said the state government was committed to providing healthy environment for the people of the state.
According to him, the major reason why government closed schools and directed workers to stay off their offices is to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Getso said the fumigation exercise, which started on Thursday, would target major roads and public places, including places of worship and motor parks.
He also urged the people of the state to maintain good hygiene, wash their hands regularly with soap or sanitiser, use nose mask and maintain social distancing.
Getso said fumigation against mosquitoes will be done simultaneously with that of Coronavirus to rid the state of mosquitoes.