By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State legislature has passed the COVID-19 Bill into law. The Bill for a law to establish and enforce measures to prevent and stop the spread of coronavirus and other related infectious diseases was passed during an emergency sitting embarked upon by the members of the State House of Assembly.
The Bill, sponsored by the executive arm of the government, was read for the third time and passed into law on Thursday, 16 April, 2020. The Bill, according to the lawmakers, would ensure provision of appropriate healthcare, welfare and curative measures in 2020.
Ruling on the bill, the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Uchenna Okafor, regretted that the pandemic had brought the state to a halt in her activities, which, he said, had resulted in economic loss and other valuables.
‘This Bill seeks to safeguard the lives of Ndi Anambra from coronavirus and related diseases that are ravaging the world. The Bill will provide the State Government powers to take extra measures to stop further spread of the deadly virus in the state,’ Okafor said.
He noted that it required intense actions to combat the virus and its spread for the state to return to her functional mode.
The Speaker read the bill for the third time as members supported it wholeheartedly through voice vote.
In the same plenary, transition chairmen of the twenty one local governments were confirmed. Rt. Hon. Uche Victor Okafor charged the reconfirmed transition chairmen to be more productive and to pilot government directives on measures to fight against COVID – 19 pandemic at the grassroots level.