Governor Abdullahi Ganduje said at a news conference on Saturday that the federal government's blockade on Kano will be eased to allow free movement of people within certain periods.
Ganduje said the decision to ease the blockade was taken with the consent of President Muhammadu Buhari.
On April 27, the president imposed a complete two-week blockade on Kano after COVID-19 cases in the states began to increase.
According to the Nigeria Disease Control Center (NCDC), Kano has the second highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, with 311, just behind Lagos.
"We seek the president's consent on how to relax the blockade, to allow free movement of people, but within the hours stipulated on the agreed days," said Ganduje on Saturday.
The blockade will allow the movement of people on Mondays and Thursdays between 10 am and 4 pm.
The public is still expected to observe the COVID-19 protocols, such as social detachment.
Markets are also expected to remain closed, with the exception of the Yankaba market, where perishable items are sold and the Yan Lemo market, where fruits are sold.
”. . . people must observe all protocols provided by our health professionals ”, said Ganduje. “We should all know that there is no shortcut in the fight against COVID-19 worldwide. Therefore, we must always respect all protocols. "
Dangote donates mobile testing center
At a news conference, Ganduje announced that Africa's richest man, Aliko Dangote, is donating a mobile testing center to the state.
The center has the capacity to test 400 people daily and is expected to arrive in Kano on Monday.
The governor said the state was targeting more testing centers.
Rising cases in the state "are of great concern," said Ganduje. “Although we are aware that, with the recovery of the Test Center of the Teaching Hospital Aminu Aminu Kano, with a capacity for 88 samples per day, and the creation of another Test Center at Bayero University, Kano, with a capacity for 20 samples per day, it would mean another increase in the positive cases identified. "
He also addressed the rise in the price of essential commodities like sugar and salt.
"I had a meeting with Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabbi & # 39; u," he said. "Everyone guaranteed that they did not increase a kobo in the prices of their products. This means that any increase in the prices of sugar, salt and other commodities will not be tolerated by the State.
“It was as a result of this that I instructed the State Anti-Corruption Commission to be very vigilant and monitor sales at points of sale for these goods.
"Anyone found to be raising any price will have their products confiscated and whatever is confiscated will be placed on our palliative program to be distributed free to the public."