The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed into Law the amended Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020 in order to accommodate more stipulations.
The new amended Bill was aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19 and stop indiscriminate sales and distribution of COVID-19 drugs and vaccines in the state, according to a statement on Tuesday.
Recall that the bill was passed on March 26, 2020, to afford Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the legislative concurrence to expend money required to effectively contain the virus and enforce compliance by Lagosians.
According to the statement, the House also pass into Law the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (Amendment) Bill 2020.
The House had sent the Bill to the governor for assent since September 2020.
“The bill in question was not assented to by the governor which prompted the House to set up an Ad Hoc committee to proffer amicable resolution to the grey areas in the Bill with technocrats in the Establishment and Public Service.
“The chairman of the Ad Hoc committee, Mr Victor Akande, held various meetings with necessary officers in the executive arm of government, including the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Establishment and Training, Director, Admin and Human Resources (Public Service Office), Solicitor General/ Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice amongst others,” the statement partly read.
The bills scaled through their third readings and the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, thereafter, directed the acting Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to forward clean copies of the bills to the governor for his assent.