The Kano state Executive Council on Wednesday has ordered the cancellation of traditional Sallah festivities to celebrate the Eid-del-Kabir in the state, as part of an effort to consolidate on the successes achieved in the fight against COVID-9 and the relaxation of lockdown in many states of the federation.
The council made the resolution at its weekly meeting held on Tuesday at Africa House, Government House, Kano. The council has also granted the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state, so as to provide thorough observance of the safety protocols during the prayers, also is to send supervisors to watch after the conduct of the eid- prayer grounds across the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the State Information Commissioner, Muhammad Garba on Wednesday.
The commissioner, in the statement, says all the five Emirs in the state, are to attend to the Eid Prayer Ground in their respective domains in motor vehicle, while there would be no yearly homage to Shettima House, gathering for Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa and other traditional outings being done on horse back every sallah by the Emirates.
It was gathered that the government has also pledged to help in the provision of safety materials that included face masks and hand sanitizers, for strict observance of social distancing at the praying grounds in the state.
Muhammad Garba, also reveals council’s approval to institute measures for the realization of a government plan to transform the headquarters of the new Emirates to smaller cities through the construction of road networks with a view to ensuring the development of the Emirates, and directed the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure with all relevant stakeholders to abreast the council on the level of progress in that direction.
He further added that the council also requests for a 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) which are being upgraded to reduce pressure on health facilities in Kano.
He announces that the state commissioner for education has been directed to submit a proposal to the council on the establishment of Mega Secondary Schools in the new Emirates.
The commissioner reaffirms the council has approved the presentation of a proposal to the House of Assembly for an amendment to the state Emirates Council Law 2019 to pave way for the review in the composition of kingmakers and rotation of chairmanship of the council.The council, he says, has given approval for the release of N16, 373, 699.00 for the establishment of an Information Technology Centre at the state Film and Censorship Board.
The commissioner concludes that the approval given by the council for the release of the sum of N37, 785, 000.00 for the conduct of an empowerment programme for 586 youth and women on indigenous crafts and skill acquisition across the state.