Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Tuesday, signed the Ondo State Dangerous Infectious Diseases (COVID-19) (Emergency Prevention) Regulations 2020 into law.
The governor noted that the move was made to ensure that the spread of the coronavirus is contained.
This was made known by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, who noted that Akeredolu acted on 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 said: “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.”
He further explained that it is within the governor’s jurisdiction of power to regulate transportation, storage, and disposal of the remains of persons infected with COVID-19.
Ojogo also noted that it was within the governor’s rights to determine the suspension of court proceedings, prohibition of the transmission of false information and offences.
The commissioner stated that it is “our collective responsibility to take maximum advantage of the provisions to help government in this regard.”