The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed the 2020 emergency coronavirus pandemic bill to help the state combat the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.
The bill, tagged the Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020, is sponsored by the Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa.
The bill is aimed at affording the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the legislative concurrence to spend an initial N20 billion to effectively curtail the virus and enforce compliance by residents in the state.
The bill was presented on the floor of the chamber on Thursday by the Deputy Majority Leader, Noheem Adams, after which it scaled the first and second readings. It was then passed to the House Committee on Health for further legislative actions.
While laying the report, The Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon Hakeem Sokunle, said that the bill number 8 of the house scaled three readings in quick succession given the urgent requirements, to ensure the bill is speedily dispensed with.
He explained that the bill would aid the containment of the coronavirus pandemic and gives the governor authorisation to spend a kick-off expenditure not more than N20bn and to make recourse back to the house before any regulations.
The bill also stipulates a fine of N100,000 for defaulters, one-month imprisonment in the correctional centre, or three months community service.Where the offence is not spelled out, it attracts N200,000 and also allows the leadership of the various arms of government to structure their own restriction format.
Section 8 of the bill makes provision for the Coronavirus Trust Fund, while the bill empowers the governor to declare a state of emergency of up to three months if the situation requires so. The House adjourns sitting till April 2nd,2020.