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Lagos Assembly Passes Coronavirus Emergency Bill

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the emergency coronavirus Bill 2020.

The emergency bill if signed into law, will give Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu the legislative concurrence to access and utilise funds required to curtail the coronavirus disease and enforce compliance to regulations.

Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, proposed the bill which has 25 sections and is titled, “A Bill for a Law to Combat and Stop the Spread of Coronavirus Pandemic in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes.”

The bill authorises the governor to spend a kick-off expenditure not more than N20 billion and to make recourse back to the House before any regulations.

It was presented on the floor by the Deputy Majority Leader, Noheem Adams then the House Committee Chairman on Health, Hakeem Sokunle, laid the report. This was followed by a debate.

The bill also recommends a fine of N100,000 for defaulters, one-month incarceration in the correctional centre or three-month community service.

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Where the offences are not spelt out, the offence attracts N200,000 and also allows leadership of the various arms of government to structure their own restriction format. 

The Section 8 of the bill made provision for the Coronavirus Trust Fund and the bill also empowers the governor to declare state of emergency up to three months.

The lawmakers, who took turns to make contributions, all geared towards ensuring the governor’s proactive measures and pronouncement are not at variance with the law.

The bill was subsequently forwarded to the governor for assent and the House adjourned sitting till April 2, 2020.

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