Governor of Kano State, Mr. Abdullahi Ganduje, has ordered the lifting of the coronavirus-imposed lockdown in the state, amid rising figures of the disease in the country.

This was contained in a statement made available to Naijatell on Thursday, in Kano, signed by Mr. Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor.

He said the governor also ordered the immediate reopening of all markets and motor parks across the state. The 10pm to 4am curfew would, however, be maintained.

Governor Ganduje, in the statement sent to Naijatell via mail, similarly directed civil servants in the state from grade level 12 and above to resume work by Monday.

The statement partly reads, “Due to the drastic drop of COVID-19 pandemic threats in Kano state and other progress in the response against the dreaded pandemic, within the Blessing of the Almighty Allah’s Divine intervention with the efforts of all the frontline workers and other stakeholders, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has directed for the removal of lockdown in the state, while maintaining the 10pm to 4am curfew.

“Appreciating how the state is recording the success in the fight against the pandemic, he (Ganduje) acknowledged and commended the unrelenting efforts of the frontline health workers, journalists and all other stakeholders.”

The CPS quoted the Governor as saying, “The remaining 3 days the state is practicing lockdown order, are now lifted. People are now free to move around for the 7 days of a week. While observing the 10pm to 4pm curfew.

“Civil servants of the grade level 12 and above should resume work from Monday 6th July. All markets are now opened. So also motor parks. People must observe the protocols of COVID-19 as enunciated by our health professionals.”

Ganduje reiterated the ban on street begging, warning, “only one person is allowed on motorcycle.” “Tricycle operators must not take more than two passengers. This order is still there for all to know,” he said.

On re-opening of schools in the state, Governor Ganduje was quoted in the statement as saying, “all schools will only be opened on the directive of the federal government.”

“But for final year or graduating pupils/students, like primary six pupils and students of Junior Secondary School II (JSS III) and Senior Secondary School III (SSS III), we are making preparation for their returning to schools.”

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