Kano state government has engaged tradition institutions to come up with better response measures to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
This was made known in a statement by Abba Anwar, chief press secretary to the governor of Kano State.
The meeting held at Africa House, amid social distancing order.
Present at the meeting is the chairman of the state Task Force on COVID-19, who is also the Deputy Governor, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner of Health, Envoy of the Minister of Health on COVID-19 to Kano, Abdussalam Nasidi, Emirs of Kano, Bichi, Rano, Karaye and Gaya, among other dignitaries.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje said, the meeting was to find effective ways to strengthen its response to the pandemic.
“As an expansion of the engagement of traditional institutions in the fight against COVID-19 across all the nooks and crannies of Kano state, governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje held a meeting with all the 5 Emirs of the state, rub minds with them, discussed government’s plan and gave them more explanation about the dreaded disease by health professionals.
“This meeting between government, health professionals and our Emirs is an avenue for all of us to rub minds, point out effective ways of working together and strengthening our strategy in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since before the coming of the pandemic we have been working closely together. This sitting creates more rooms for institutional strengthening.
“With this meeting, I am sure we are talking to all Emirs, all District Heads (Hakimai), all Village Heads (Dakatai), all Ward Heads ( Masu Unguwanni), Imams and community leaders. With this strategy, we will go a long way in strengthening our weapons against the disease.”
According to him, the main concern was to break the chain of transmission of the global pandemic.
“That is why this and similar meetings are absolutely necessary. It is necessary also to double up in our public campaign efforts,” he said.
Lamenting how the pandemic has affected every facet of life and stopped several activities, the governor noted everyone should endure.
“It affects our religious obligations, our economy, our culture as well as our social settings. Though we are in Ramadhan but still we cannot go to Mosques to observe our prayers.
“It is painful that we cannot observe our obligatory prayers in Mosque, but there is nothing we can do about it. We just have to bear with it. Shaking hands when greeting is no longer tenable. But there is nothing we can do for now. So let’s work together and break the chain of the transmission.”
Updating the leaders on the government’s efforts so far, the governor said the role of traditional leaders in the fight against COVID-19 is extremely important and necessary.
It was also said that the state would soon come up with 4-Point Action Plan, which would be translated in vernacular for an effective usage by the generality of the population in the state.
The Action Plan, would, among other things, provide for a step-by-step approach to dealing with the global pandemic.
The state saidnit will also make available the Action Plan, to all the Emirates in the state, which would then be trickled down to people at the grassroots for effective and efficient fight against COVID-19.
In his remarks the Chairman of the State Council of Emirs, the Emir of Kano, Aminu Ado Bayero, who spoke on behalf of all other Emirs, assured their unflinching support to all policies and the Action Plan that would be handed down to them in due course.
“As we are certained that this COVID-19 is real, we will do our best to make people understand why we must all join hands together to fight this deadly disease. And we are assuring His Excellency, the Governor that, when you sent to us, Action Plan, we shall make good use of it,” he assured.
He acknowledged and appreciated the governement’s decision to involve them.
“This meeting Your Excellency, gives us more courage and determination, as we are seeing more commitment from the part of government, against the global pandemic. This is not only encouraging, but a symbol of good, responsive and responsible leadership,” Emir of Kano appreciated.