THE Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared that all employees of Kaduna State Government must test for COVID-19 virus which has fast spread across the country.
The governor who gave the order yesterday in a statement issued through his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye said that no person will be allowed to enter any government office, hospital, school or any public facility without mask and maintaining social distancing.
In the statement, Governor El-Rufai said that Kaduna State is experience a rising rate of COVID-19 infections, warning that government is considering several options to manage the situation.
He noted that citizens must enable the state contain the situation without imposing another fresh lockdown by practicing COVID-19 prevention protocols such as wearing facemasks and avoiding crowded places and large gatherings.
According to el-Rufai, “by August and September, we were down to 1 per cent 2 per cent, 3 per cent infection rates from samples we tested. Now, we are hovering between 20% and 35 per cent.”
Continuing, “the rate of infections surging and we have now decided that every employee of Kaduna State Government must be tested and no person will be allowed to enter any government office, any hospital, any school, any public facility without mask and maintaining social distancing,” he warned.
The governor emphasized that the state will bring back mobile courts to enforce the wearing of masks because if that is not done, the infection will not likely roll-over and will affect the lives and livelihoods of our people.
“If people refuse to wear masks and observe social distancing, we will consider locking down the state once again. Nobody wants that. We know the impact of that on lives and livelihoods, but we must save lives first,” he said.
The governor made a passionate appeal to the people of Kaduna State to observe all COVID-19 protocols, reminding them that coronavirus is real.
“It is still there and \presents danger to the lives and livelihoods of our people.” El-Rufai said.