The Oyo State Government has said it was on the verge of promulgating a law that would provide the legal framework to guide operations during the COVID-19 emergency.
Making the position public on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, after the State Executive Council meeting held via the e-governance platform, the Government declared that the planned law would make orders for social distancing and other regulations on movement and the transport system within the State.
The State’s Commissioner for Justice and Attorney-General, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, said the bill would also checkmate the role of Law Enforcement Agents as far as respect for human rights is concerned.
The statement further stated that: “In order to deal with it, there have been a lot of directives and orders made under extant laws, particularly the public health laws and the Quarantine Act at the federal level. So, it has become necessary for the State to specifically make a regulation to deal with the pandemic and, to that extent, we have gotten approval for the Oyo State Coronavirus Disease Emergency Prevention Regulations of 2020 to be passed into law. This will enable the State to have the legal framework for making the orders for social distancing and the regulation of movement of transport system within the State.”
Since there is a Public Health Law under which it is being passed in the State, the COVID-19 regulations will come by way of regulation, instead of coming by way of legislation, enabling a legal framework to be established within the State.
The statements added that the State COVID-19 regulations will come into effect the moment the Governor signs it and passes it for the regulation to have the course of law.