Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State today declared that the Covid-19 infection curve has been flattened in his State.
Although the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, had last Thursday informed Nigerians that the nation was already flattening the curve of the spread, the National Coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, countered the claim on Monday that the PTF was not convinced the curve had flattened.
Aliyu had explained that such a decision would be reached when the PTF was sure that the country was having enough aggressive testing.
Ganduje, who said he was in the Presidential Villa to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for assisting the state with N5 billion to tackle the pandemic as well as other security issues in the state, explained that with massive testing which yields negative results, it was confirmation that the curve had been flattened in Kano.
He said: “On COVID-19, I came to thank Mr. President for assisting Kano state with N5 billion to fight the pandemic. That has assisted the state. We have opened five testing centers which are functional, the curve is now flattened.
“We carry out testing maximally but at the same time the positivity ratio is very low. So, it’s (COVID-19) is dying down almost on a daily basis. So I came to thank Mr. president for that assistance.”
The Governor said he also updated the President on the security situation in the state, especially the military training facility his Government has set up at the Falgore Forest at a cost of over N500 million.
The forest was known to be a hotbed for criminal activity.
He said his administration was providing infrastructure for military training in the Falgore Forest in order to prevent the bandits from colonising that particular environment.
The infrastructure will include auditorium, houses, dinning hall, kitchen, shooting range and many other amenities to enable the military train continuously.
He said his administration was also constructing Ruga settlement in the forest as well as a dam to halt the movement of the nomadic Fulani from one place to the other. He said a modern system of animal husbandry will also be in place at the forest for which 75 sons and daughters of Fulani herdsmen have been trained in Turkey on artificial insemination of cattle.