Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje said he won’t mind a ₦15 billion raise from President Buhari to fight Coronavirus.
Governor Ganduje says the money is to help curb the spread of Coronavirus in the Northern part of Nigeria.
According to NCDC, Kano records 73 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.
Recall Gistcandy reported that President Buhari approves the release of ₦10 billion to Lagos and ₦5 billion to NCDC.
According to an interview with Channels TV, Ganduje said Kano could use that kind of money right now.
“You can understand that Kano is the most populated state in the country hence the only testing center at AKTH is not enough for us,”
The ₦15 billion will be used to do the following according to Governor Ganduje:
- Pay voluntary healthcare workers engaged by the state.
- To support full-time health personnel, procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
- To open up testing and isolation centers.
Stories of mass deaths
So there have been reports about the mass death due to COVID-19 in Kano putting the toll at over 150.
However, Ganduje said the reports are inaccurate. He said an investigation was conducted by his government at some of the cemeteries. Their report reveals 13 people died from other ailments and not due to coronavirus.
“That information is not correct because we undertook some survey and investigation (about the initial report of 70 deaths). We found out that it was only 13 deaths in that place and we will soon get a complete report but I assure you that information is not correct,”
“looking at previous reviews, there is nothing to show that there is unusual frequency of deaths.
“You know that there is a lot of fake news going around and we have already started arresting all those who are peddling such rumours.
“The death recorded from coronavirus is only one and the NCDC is aware of that.”
An Infected lab closed
The newly established testing center in Kano has been closed after some of the lab workers got infected.
The governor said:
“The laboratory has been closed down for today and we understand that there is an infection within the laboratory. Probably some of the technicians have tested positive but I think the federal government is handling the matter,”
“Also, there is the issue of scarcity of reagents and scarcity of the bottles that convey the samples. That too has been discussed with the DG who has assured us that they are taking action,” he added.
Gov. Ganduje on April 14 extended the lockdown of his state to curtail the spread of the virus
“The lockdown was initially for one week, which is expiring tomorrow but we’ve declared that (from 6:00 am) tomorrow (to 12 midnight) will be a free day so that people will make preparations for the fasting period. By midnight, the lockdown will continue for another seven days,” the governor disclosed.
In the midst of all these, Kano is trending on Twitter with the hashtag #NCDCFailedKano.
Some tweets seem to be in favor of the hashtag; while others see it as a means for Kano state not to solve their problem.
See tweets below:
He said Lagos has 20 centres while Kano has 1…
I guess that’s enough to justify Ganduje’s N15bn request from Federal Government…
The clown failed to remember that most States have been on their own ever since the outbreak of the Virus.
No excuse for Ganduje.#NCDCFailedKano
— Premier (@SodiqTade) April 23, 2020
When Lagos state government was running upandan to build isolation centres and test centres, we saw videos of Notherners washing hands in plate of Garri, NCDC didn’t fail Kano, Gandollar failed y’all. Notherners and propaganda. #NCDCFailedKano
— ℙ𝔸ℙ𝕀 ( at 🏠) (@mrrebelxo) April 23, 2020
Don’t be ignorant and peddle lies in the process, Lagos has only 3 test centers and 20 sample collection centers, all which where built by the STATE government. NCDC didn’t fail kano state, rather Governor Ganduje failed Kano state. Hold your Governor accountable #NCDCfailedkano https://t.co/EG9EUYeQKe
— C H A R C O A L (@charcoal______) April 23, 2020
When their ignorant bothers were shouting ba corona up and down and drinking water they used to wash their faces and hands they were silent, now they are trending #NCDCFailedKano. You people failed yourselves.
— Olúyẹmí Fásípè 🇳🇬 (@YemieFASH) April 23, 2020
It’s truly disgrace and embarrassing Kano State as the most populated City in Nigeria have only 1 testing center whereas Lagos State have 20 testing centers. The @NCDCgov have failed the North for inability to provide Kano with many testing centers respectively #NcdcFailedKano
— Famous. (@Famous_Anfield) April 23, 2020