Kano govt denies banning women from driving

The Kano State government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially ban women from driving.

The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said the Kano government had at no time contemplated the matter.

According to him, the story which could not be traced to any credible source was nothing but the imagination of the authors.

He said, “The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated.”

Malam Garba pointed out that if at all there was such a plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do with its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.


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