KANO, Nigeria – As part of effort to consolidate on the successes achieved in the fight against COVID-9, the Kano State Executive Council has cancelled the traditional Sallah festivities to celebrate Eid-del-Kabir.
The council, after deliberations at its weekly meetings at Africa House, Government House, Kano, however, granted the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state under strict observance of safety protocols, which are also to be supervised by government officials.
Briefing newsmen on the outcome of the meeting, the state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, says all the five Emirs in the state would go to the Eid Prayer Ground in their respective domains in motor vehicle, rather than the traditional means of going on Horses to forestall Mass gatherings.
In the same vein, the government said the traditional visits to Shettima House, gathering for Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa and other traditional outings in the Emirates are all cancelled.
He explained that government would assist in the provision of safety materials that include face masks and hand sanitizers, as well as ensure strict observance of social distancing at the praying grounds.
The commissioner also announced council’s approval to institute measures for the realization of government plan to transform the headquarters of the new Emirates to smaller cities, through the construction of road networks with a view to ensuring even development.
Malam Garba revealed that the council also requested for progress report on the execution of the 400-bed capacity hospital projects in the new emirates, which are to have additional clinics such as Eye, Dental, Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) to reduce pressure on health facilities in Kano.