COVID-19: Imo State Governor, Uzodimma Signs Bill To Combat COVID-19, Other Diseases

Governor Hope with his top officials in Imo State

Senator Hope Uzodimma, the governor of Imo State South-east Nigeria has signed into law, a bill to introduce and enforce measures to prevent the spread of the ravaging Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and other dangerous infectious diseases and related matters.

Singing the bill at the weekend, Uzodimma noted that the law has become necessary following the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, which is currently a global menace. He said Imo State will do whatever is possible to prevent the disease from spreading to the state. The governor said the House of Assembly in the state deemed it fit to enact a legislation to give legal backing to all the administrative measures already put in place by the government to ensure the virus doesn’t find its way into Imo.

The governor further said he was empowered to invoke the penal clause if there were any violation. Following the signing, the governor who was imposed on Imo State people by the Supreme Court said it has become an offence for anyone to ignore government directive on Covid-19 prevention and control like social distancing, sanitizing of hands, public gathering and restriction orders, among other protocols.

The governor therefore urged Imolites to co-operate with government in the fight against coronavirus by adhering to government’s directives. Rallying the state, he said, “May I therefore use this opportunity to call on the good people of Imo State to show their support to government and ensure that they comply with all the measures and policies rolled out by government to tackle coronavirus. It is for the interest of our people, it is for the protection of our people and indeed, for the sustenance of our people’s way of life and social order.”

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