Kano State government said it has finally come around to engaging the traditional institution in its effort to douse the spread and COVID-19 in the state.
State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, “held a meeting with all the 5 Emirs of the state, rub minds with them, discussed government’s plan and gave them more explanation about the dreaded disease by health professionals”, said his press secretary, Abba Anwar in a statement on Tuesday.
Anwar said the chairman of the State Task Force on COVID-19, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the secretary to the state government, the commissioner of health, envoy of the minister of health on COVID-19 to Kano, Professor Abdussalam Nasidi, emirs of Kano, Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya were all in attendance, among other dignitaries.”
Ganduje was quoted by Anwar to have said the meeting, which was held at the Government House, “creates more rooms for institutional strengthening.
“With this meeting, I am sure we are talking to all Emirs, all District Heads (Hakimai), all Village Heads (Dakatai), all Ward Heads (Masu Unguwanni), Imams and community leaders. With this strategy, we will go a long way in strengthening our weapons against the disease.”
Anwar said the governor’s main concern was to “break the chain of transmission of the global pandemic. That is why this and similar meetings are absolutely necessary. It is necessary also to double up in our public campaign efforts.”
He said painful as it is that people cannot observe their obligatory prayers in mosques, there was nothing that could be done about it. “We just have to bear with it. Shaking hands when greeting is no longer tenable. But there is nothing we can do for now. So let’s work together and break the chain of the transmission.”
Ganduje was said to have made it very clear to the traditional leaders that the fight against COVID-19 could only be won when people cooperate with government and health practitioners, urging the custodians of the traditional institution that, “Your role in this fight is extremely important and necessary.”
Judicial Sketch gathered that a 4-Point Action Plan was being contemplated “which would also be translated in vernacular for an effective usage by the generality of the population in the state.”
The statement said the state would make the Action Plan available to all the emirates in the state for onward distribution to people at the grassroots “for effective and efficient fight against COVID-19.”
The chairman of the State Council of Emirs, the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, was said to have spoken on behalf of all other emirs, assuring government of “their unflinching support to all policies and the Action Plan that would be handed down to them in due course.”