GOVERNOR Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has disclosed that the state government is counting on the cooperation of citizens to avoid a surge in COVID-19 infections.

The governor, who made the appeal during a media chat with some broadcast-journalists in Hausa on Wednesday night, noted that the spike in infection is a result of lack of adherence to COVID-19 preventive measures.

“We are calling on all our citizens to join us to fight COVID-19 and save lives without having a lockdown. We think there are lots of simpler things that citizens and businesses can do that can help reduce the spread of the disease.’’

El-Rufai said the government expects voluntary compliance with COVID prevention protocols so that livelihoods can be pursued in safety.

“We are counting on the cooperation of our citizens, religious leaders, the business community, transporters, and other stakeholders in a collective effort to stop COVID-19. We can do it by voluntary compliance,” he added.

He also directed that as from Thursday, December 17, all residents of Kaduna State must wear facemasks when leaving their homes, adding that security agents will enforce compliance and mobile courts will try offenders.

The governor noted that mass compliance is preferable to a lockdown which will disrupt people’s means of livelihoods and inconvenience residents.

He, however, warned that the government would impose a lockdown if it becomes necessary to save lives and prevent the collapse of the healthcare system.

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