COVID-19: Akeredolu signs Infectious Disease law

Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has signed the Ondo State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (COVID-19) (Emergency Prevention) Regulations, 2020 into law.

The law is for the regulations for the good order, safety, security and public health of the state.

Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, in a statement, said the governor exercised the aspects of the powers conferred on him by the Public Health Law, Cap. 124, Volume 3, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006, and pursuant to other Laws and enabling powers.

Ojogo stated that all action done prior to the commencement of the regulations to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease, 2019 (COVID-19) were ratified.

He explained that purpose of the Regulations was to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 within the local area as it seems necessary.

According to him, “The 14-Page Order of Regulations is split into 19 Sections with necessary sub-sections and each of the principal Sections deals with power over potentially infectious persons; restriction of movement; powers relating to events, gatherings and premises; power over conduct of trade and commercial activities; closure of public educational, vocational institutions within the local area and power relating to food, drugs other essential supply chains, hoarding and processing manipulation.

“Others include: transportation, storage, and disposal of the remains of persons infected with COVID-19; suspension of court proceedings; power to prohibit the transmission of false information as well as offences.

“These Regulations are part of Government’s heightened efforts to stem the spread of the deadly COVID-19. It is, therefore, our collective responsibility to take maximum advantage of the provisions to help Government in this regard.”

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