The Deputy Governor, Hadiza Balarabe, who made this known on Thursday, said the decision is in line with the 1999 constitution.
According to her, the decision is ‘’in exercise of the powers vested in the Governor by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria1999, (as amended), Sections 2 and 8 of the Quarantine Act 1926 and the Kaduna State Public Health Law of 1917.’’
Mrs Balarabe said Kaduna State has therefore ‘’been declared a public health area. Coronavirus, otherwise known as Covid-19, is hereby declared as a dangerous, infectious disease within the meaning of the Quarantine Act.”
The official said that state standing committee on Covid-19 prevention met on Thursday to review global and national developments relating to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Committee also considered reports of unsatisfactory compliance levels with the preventive measures that have been outlined by the government in repeated announcements, and with increasing severity, over the past seven days.’’
She said apart from flouting the directive against large gatherings, “there were also reports of certain persons not obeying the ban announced on motorcycle taxis and tricycles.’’
She warned that ‘’from midnight of Thursday, 26th March 2020, all residents of Kaduna State must stay at home. No offices, businesses of any sort or places of worship are allowed to open.’’
“The only category of persons exempted are workers in essential services such as health workers, the fire service and security personnel,” she said.
She warned that the curfew will be strictly enforced by the security agencies, adding that ‘’they have clear directives for the immediate arrest and prosecution of any person that violates these measures. ‘’
‘’Churches and mosques will be shut, there will no congregational prayers or services either within these places of worship or outdoors.
‘’Wedding events and all social gatherings are strictly prohibited while these emergency measures remain in place,’’ she warned.
Mrs Balarabe said that ‘’any place of worship, event centre or place that hosts social gatherings will be in violation of its term of grant and therefore risks forfeiting its title and having the site of the offense removed.”
‘’We recognise that Kaduna State is a transport hub. Therefore, transit through Kaduna will be allowed, provided that such vehicles ply only the Western bye-pass,’’ she said.
According to her, “the government recognises that this lockdown will consequences for everyone, but more so for the vulnerable persons in our communities.
“As indicated in previous statements, the government is procuring food and other supplies, funded from its contingency budget, to mitigate the challenges of a lockdown for such persons.
“These items will be distributed in community clusters across urban local government areas in the state. This will be a grassroots exercise, as it is people drawn from the the target community that will constitute the committee to manage the distribution,’’ she explained.