Nigeria: Kano, Abuja launch special fumigation exercise to curb the spread of covid-19
London, March 29, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Nigerian state, Kano and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja have launched special fumigation exercise as part of proactive measures to curb the spread of the dreaded novel Coronavirus disease
The fumigation exercise in Kano launched at the main gate of the government house, Kano during the state’s monthly Sanitation Day, on Saturday was in partnership with Lee Group of companies
In Abuja, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu launched the fumigation campaign at Gwarinpa market, where she appealed to traders to vacate the market for the period of the fumigation exercise.
The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said the exercise was designed particularly for public places and enjoined Kano residents to do same in their respective homes to complement the efforts of government
“This is a start-up exercise sanitising our environment. We are fighting this pandemic from all angles. So we are fighting it through our environment. That is why the exercise is also a joint work with the state Ministry of Environment,which explains their presence here,” the Governor stated.
He commended the the Lee Group of Companies for the joint exercise and called on other private companies to join hands with with the state government in the fight against COVID-19, as part of their corporate social responsibilities.
From the Government House, fumigators proceeded to Muhammadu Abdullahi Wase Specialist Hospital, Nassarawa GRA, where the governor witnessed exercise, along with the Commissioners of Environment and Information, Dr Kabiru Getso and Mallam Muhammad Garba, Managing Director of Refuse Management and Sanitation Board (REMASAB) Abdullahi Gwarzo, among others
In Abuja, the FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, said “I appeal to citizens and residents to comply with the preventive measures outlined by government. Please comply and vacate the market to make job easy for government because inhaling this substances could be injurious to your lungs. We are appealing that the traders should stay at home for this period of fumigation.
While reacting to sit at home order, Aliyu threatened that the FCT Administration may be forced to impose curfew on the city if residents fail to comply with social distancing rule in market places and other social or religious gatherings across the territory.
According to her, “If the situation continues like this, we will be forced to impose a curfew, that is why I came out myself to monitor and appeal to their conscience to vacate the market especially those not selling food stuffs and other essential commodities.
“I have called the Commissioner of Police myself to ensure that the enforcement team commence enforcement immediately. We want to fumigate this market, but people refused to quite the market, making fumigation difficult for government. I am personally out to see things for myself.