COVID-19: Kaduna state has not reopened markets or places of worship, says Gov El-Rufai

COVID-19: Kaduna state has not reopened markets or places of worship, says Gov El-Rufai

- Kaduna governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai says the state is still on lockdown

- Governor El-Rufai stated that markets and places of worship in the state remained close for now

- The governor also reminded residents that the nighttime curfew across the state still remains, from 6 pm to 6 am

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The Kaduna state government has announced that it has not reopened markets or places of worship.

The announcement was made in a statement signed by the media aide to Governor Nasir El-Rufai, Muyiwa Adekeye on Tuesday, June 2.

The statement noted that the Kaduna state government has already started engagements with stakeholders in the state on the issue.

“However, these consultations have not been concluded,” the statement revealed.

It continued: “Until these consultations result in a formal announcement authorising businesses, markets and places of worship to reopen, it will be a violation of subsisting quarantine orders to reopen any unauthorised facility, market or places of worship or to conduct congregational worship of any sort.

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“Places of worship in Kaduna state were not closed by the federal government. The decision to close places of worship in Kaduna state was taken and enforced in March 2020 by the state government as part of the proclamation of the quarantine orders in the state.”

The governor stated that Kaduna state has its own roadmap for reopening, stressing that it was made public last week.

He reiterated that “Kaduna state also maintains the prohibition of interstate and intercity travel.

“Government officials and mobile courts will continue to enforce this ban to prevent people from spreading the virus through non-essential movement.

“In addition, the nighttime curfew that has been enforced across the state still remains, from 6 pm to 6 am.”

The government appealed to residents and leaders to be patient and collaborate to implement what it called, “a careful, safe and responsible re-opening of our state.”

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Recall that the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) had earlier kicked against the decision to allow states to take responsibility for managing COVID-19 cases in their domain.

Innocent Ujah, president of the NMA, said if governors are allowed to manage cases, many Nigerians would suffer for it.

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