Governor Nasir El-Rufai has threatened to impose a fresh lockdown on Kaduna state over fears of rising cases of covid-19.
Daily Telescope reports that Mr El-Rufai made the threat on Wednesday while signing the state’s 2021 budget law at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim House.
He expressed concern that residents in the state are not abiding by the health regulations to check spread of the covid-19, a respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.
The governor warned people to avoid large gatherings, stressing that covid-19 is real and that the government would re-introduce mobile courts to enforce the wearing of face masks to curb spread of the coronavirus.
Mr El-Rufai said on Wednesday that the state had recorded at least 64 fresh cases of the disease, adding that the government has no choice but to lockdown the state if people continue to flout health regulations.
He said the 2021 budget is important because Kaduna state and Nigeria at large have witnessed economic decline due to the covid-19 pandemic, adding that BUA Foundation has donated three ambulances and 50,000 face masks to help fight covid-19.
A spokesman for the governor, Abdallah Yunus Abdallah on Thursday told BBC Hausa that the government would impose the lockdown to protect the lives of residents.
“The responsibility of fighting the covid has now shifted from the government to the people. So, residents must take steps to protect themselves.