Thursday, March 26, 2020

N100k fine, jail term for coronavirus lockdown defaulters in Lagos

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed into law an emergency bill to help the state combat the Coronavirus, the pandemic currently spreading across the world.

Personally sponsored by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, the Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020 also afforded Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu the legislative concurrence to spend an initial N20 billion to effectively contain the virus and enforce compliance by Lagosians.

The bill was presented on the floor of the chamber by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams, after which it scaled the first and second readings and was passed to the committee on health for further deliberation.

The bill was later laid before the House by the chairman of the committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle after which it scaled the third reading because of the urgent requirements to ensure the bill was speedily passed.

The bill gives the governor the opportunity 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 spelt 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.

The bill further empowers the governor to declare a state of emergency of up to three months if the situation requires so.

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