Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has banned activities in all international markets across the state in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Tambuwal warned residents against overcrowding and assembling during the public preaching and night prayers as Ramadan fasting would soon commence.
In a statement signed by Malam Muhammad Bello, the Special Adviser to the governor on Media and Public Relations, Tambuwal said the measures were made to checkmate the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state.
The Governor said; ”The warning on public gathering for Tafsir and Tarawih prayers in the month of Ramadan was an adoption of the recommendation of the Sultanate Council on both.
”This step was taken to regulate the convergence of people in one place, a situation that would only increase the risk of them getting infected with the COVID -19 disease.
”Instead of the traditional public preaching, the state government will now sponsor online airing of the Tafsir of the Ulamas on television and radio stations in the state, ” Bello said in the statement.
He added that the ban of the markets became necessary as the state Task Force on COVID-19 has submitted that their existence was contributing to the spread of disease.
Sokoto shares international borders with the Republic of Niger to the north.