- The Kaduna government is very serious about the restriction on movement
- In fact, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said that there is no fixed date for easing the lockdown
- El-Rufai said that easing the lockdown like in other nations of the world, always come with terrible repercussions
Despite imposing a lockdown in Kaduna due to the coronavirus outbreak for close to two months, the state government has said that there is no fixed date for relaxing the ban.
Dismissing appeals for an easing of the lockdown, Governor Nasir El-Rufai said that he will personally inspect the Kaduna-Kano borders to make sure no one sneaks into his state from neighbouring places, Daily Trust reports.
The governor mentioned that countries of the world that have lifted the ban on gathering have paid dearly for the decision.
He said: “We plan to relax the curfew but the plan has no execution date because it will depend on our situation.
"Look around the world, President Donald Trump of the USA said he will lift the lockdown but has he? Some countries have started gradually but they have also seen the repercussion.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the lockdown imposed in Kaduna state to contain the spread of COVID-19 had been extended for another 30 days by Governor El-Rufai.
The Kaduna state government disclosed on Saturday, April 26, that the governor took the decision based on the recommendation of the state standing committee on COVID-19.
Muyiwa Adekeye, a spokesperson to the governor in a statement noted that the extension of the lockdown is effective from April 26.
According to the new 30-day extension, the two-day window during which the restriction of movement is relaxed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays had been reduced to only one day.
The statement said Wednesdays would be lockdown-free until the trajectory of COVID-19 infections becomes clearer. The government-mandated persons going out of their homes to wear facemasks and observe social distancing.
The governor's aide pointed out that during the lockdown the only category of people exempted are workers in essential services. He warned that those found violating the lockdown would face fines, imprisonment and forfeiture.
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