COVID-19: Ganduje tactically lifts lockdown for prayer service on Friday, Sunday

Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has tactically lifted the lockdown on prayer services for both Muslims and Christians in the new lockdown announced in the state.

The new guideline contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, disclosed that on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays from 10am to 2pm, residents of the state can now go out as against Monday and Thursday from 10am to 4pm announced earlier.

With this new guideline, it is indicated that Friday and Sunday prayers would be allowed to hold but within the stipulated time.

Garba, in the statement, said government was fully aware of the difficult but necessary hardship people have to pass through which informed the need for controlled enforcement.

According to him, after series of meetings with key health experts, the Ulama and other stakeholders, the state government adopted some measures that will further bring relief to the populace with the partial lift on the lockdown on three days, that is, Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 10am and 2pm with a total relief of 12 hours per week as earlier recommended by the Presidential Task Force.

Garba said Governor Ganduje has directed the state Hisbah Board to hold meeting with imams and deploy its personnel to Friday (Jum’at mosques) across the state to ensure that worshipers comply with maintaining social distancing, hand washing with soap, use of hand sanitisers and face masks.

The commissioner also said that government considers it convenient to allow the conduct of Eid prayers on Sallah day in all the five Emirates in the state during which restriction of movement has been lifted from 6am to 2pm under strict observance of safety and prevention protocols.

He, however, said that there will be no Sallah festivities in all the Emirates including the visit to Gidan Shettima, Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa, and Hawan Dorayi in Kano and all other similar traditional Sallah celebrations in the four other Emirates.

The statement also announced the formation of a committee on the distribution of face masks and sanitation materials to Jumu’at mosques to be chaired by the Commissioner for Environment, Dr Kabir Ibrahim Getso.

 

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