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Regional News of Wednesday, 22 July 2020


Kano Govt calls off Sallah festival celebrations over COVID-19

There will be no traditional Sallah festivities to mark the Eid-del-Kabir celebrations in the Kano state this year after the state government announced its cancellation on Wednesday.

Commissioner for Information, Mr Muhammed Garba, made this disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen on Wednesday.

According to reports the cancellation is to consolidate the successes recorded in the fight against COVID-19.

He said, “The council, after deliberations at its weekly meeting held on Tuesday at Africa House, Government House, Kano, agreed that the conduct of Eid congregational prayers across the state, would be under strict observance of safety protocols.

“The congregational prayers will be strictly supervised by government officials to ensure compliance.”

The council agreed that all the five Emirs in the state would go to the Eid Prayer Grounds in their respective domains in motor vehicles.

It further agreed that there would be no visit to Shettima House, Hawan Daushe, Hawan Nassarawa, durbar, and all other traditional outings in the emirates.

The council also agreed that the government would assist in the provision of safety materials that included face masks and hand sanitisers, as well as ensure strict observance of social distancing at the praying grounds.

It is expected that Eid el Kabir will be celebrated globally on Friday, July 31, 2020.

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