Despite testing positive for the coronavirus, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, and his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, are still in charge and running the affairs of their respective States, from isolation.
They are the two Governors so far to have tested positive for the coronavirus in the North.
Since El-Rufai disclosed his status on Saturday, he has been in self-isolation at his residence.
In his short video announcement, El-Rufai mentioned that his Deputy Governor Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, was now in charge of the State’s Task Force on Covid-19.
He, however, did not make a pronouncement on whether she would be in charge of the State Government affairs, while he is in isolation.
El-Rufai said that he would continue to issue statements from time to time, while in isolation. He is however yet to issue any.
Checks revealed that with the State on lockdown to contain the spread of the Covid-19, not much has been happening in the Government House.
An insider revealed that Covid-19 has become the dominant issue in the State, for which the Deputy Governor has already been placed to be in charge of.
“Mallam El-Rufai is communicating with the Deputy Governor, Chief of Staff, the Secretary to the State Government, as well as his Aides, but I cannot say if they have met with him physically, since he made the announcement.
“He has always been one to ensure governance is decentralised; so everyone in Kaduna State is playing his or her part”, the source who did not want to be named said.
It was gathered that before his test result, El-Rufai had handed certain government activities over to his Deputy, and was at the forefront of government pronouncements through televised broadcasts or media chats, on measures taken by the State to curb the spread of the disease.
In Bauchi State, it was gathered that Bala Mohammed is still in charge of governance from his isolation centre, despite having tested positive for the coronavirus.
Although the Deputy Governor, Baba Tela, is the Chairman, Task Force Committee on Covid-19 in the State, investigation revealed that almost all governance decisions are taken with the consent of the Governor.
Governor Mohammed has not yet transmitted a letter officially to the State House of Assembly on his health challenges, to delegate his responsibilities to the Deputy Governor, to take over as Acting Governor of the State.
Meanwhile, there are plots to remove the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abubakar Y. Suleiman, for allegedly hobnobbing with the Governor.
It was gathered that 20 members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are behind the plan to remove the Speaker.
Since last Wednesday, when the State Government, as part precautionary measures against the spread of the coronavirus, ordered Civil Servants from level 1 to 12 to remain at home and shut down markets, government activities have been on the lowest ebb in the State, reportedly