Kano state governor seeks N15b support from FG to fight COVID-19

Kano state governor seeks N15b support from FG to fight COVID-19

- The Kano government has asked the federal government for N15 billion to support the state in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic

- Governor Ganduje disclosed this while speaking on a TV programme on Wednesday, April 22

- Ganduje said since the state recorded its first case, Kano has not received any money as support from the federal government

Amid the spread of COVID-19, Kano government on Wednesday, April 22, said that it has applied for N15 billion from the federal government to fight the global pandemic called coronavirus in the state.

Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the governor of Kano, disclosed this during a television programme on Channels Television called Politics Today.

According to the governor, since when Kano recorded its first COVID-19 case, the state has not received any amount of money from the federal government as support to fight the disease.

Ganduje went on to explain that the money would be used to pay voluntary health workers engaged to support the state's health personnel, personal protective equipment (PPE), and the creation of other testing centres.

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Kano state governor seeks N15b support from FG to fight COVID-19
Kano state governor has asked the federal government for N15b to support the fight against COVID-19.
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He said: “You can understand that Kano is the most populated in the country hence the only testing centre at AKTH is not enough for us.”

This development is coming as the Kano state government reportedly relaxed the COVID-19 lockdown order from 6 am Thursday, April 23 to 12 midnight Friday, April 24.

The government lifted the lockdown for two days in order to allow people to prepare adequately for the forthcoming Ramadan fast.

Dr. Nasir Yusuf Gawuna who spoke on behalf of Governor Ganduje said the relaxation of the lockdown became necessary so as to allow people to stockpile their houses with foodstuff for the forthcoming Ramadan.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Kano on Monday night, April 20, recorded 23 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases in the state to 59.

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This was disclosed in a tweet by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) as the agency said 38 new cases were recorded across Nigeria.

This is the highest daily number of confirmed cases reported so far in the northern state since the index case was reported in Nigeria back in February.

In a related development, Kano state's ministry of health confirmed the state's first death from the coronavirus disease. The ministry announced the death in a tweet posted in the late hours of Wednesday, April 15.

Details of the death were not given but the ministry said there were 21 total cases of COVID-19 in the state, as against the 16 recorded for the state by the NCDC.

“Wednesday, 15th April 2020. As at 11:55 pm, 1 death of #COVID19 has been recorded in Kano state,” the tweet read.

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