Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, on Saturday bowed to pressure from the populace, easing the presidential lockdown on the state with intervals that will allow people to restock their homes.
The governor’s chief press secretary said in a press release that the move had the blessings of President Muhammadu Buhari before it was announced by the governor.
Ganduje said Mondays and Thursdays between 10am to 4pm are allowed for citizens to go out for purchase of essential household materials, but he put a strict restriction on the markets people can go to.
The most popular and populous markets in the state will not enjoy this privilege as the governor categorically said Sabon Gari, Yankura, Rimi and Kurmi markets would remain closed.
But Yankaba market where perishables are mostly supplied would be opened, and observers have asked what manner of supervision could be put in place to ensure that COVID-19 protocols are observed in a market that can take over a thousand people at a time.
Also, Yan Lemo fruits market would be opened on Mondays and Thursdays between 10.00am and 4.00pm, the governor said.
Ganguje said designated supermarket and local retail shops are also allowed to open for buyers to make their purchases, while he intimated that the state commissioner of information will soon reel out the names of the supermarkets that will function.
He urged that face mask and social distancing protocols should be observed during the intervals.