Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to ensure strict compliance to Covid-19 protocols as part of efforts to curb the spread of the virus.
The House called for the arrest and sanctions for violators of the Covid-19 protocols in the State.
Speaking on the development, Hon. Rotimi Olowo during the Plenary session on Monday when the Assembly reconvened from recess, said that, “It will not be out of place to sanction, arrest and penalise non-compliance of Covid-19 protocols.”
Earlier in his submission, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle, the Acting Chairman, Committee on Health, stated that the aggressive nature of the second wave of COVID-19 recorded huge number of infected patients in which 80 percent of patients at the Isolation centres are placed on oxygen to survive.
Based on this, the State had gone ahead to increase the oxygen supply by producing oxygen generator plants to increase its supply as the State is presently consuming 470 cylinders per day.
According to Hon. Sokunle “It is understandable that the State economy cannot withstand another lockdown but at the same time there is need to increase public enlightenment and sensitisation through regular broadcast on how COVID-19 patients are faring at the Isolation centres.
“This will make people believe the virus truly exists. Also, the need to ban any form of social gathering, enforcement of the use of facemask, reduction of number of passengers in public vehicles and constant disinfection of schools and public places.”
The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa expressed concern on the economic implications of the first lockdown as the State is still struggling to get out of it and cannot afford another lockdown.
He added that “We need to be conscious of this deadly pandemic because life is very precious to us and we need to encourage people to abide by the COVID-19 protocols”
Obasa, thereafter, called on the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso to continue to embark and increase awareness and enlightenment campaign so that the defaulters of necessary precautions can be cautioned.
In other development, the Acting Clerk, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko read on the Floor of the House letters sent from the Governor of the State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu concerning the Governor’s nominees for the Lagos State Judicial Service Commission, Lagos State Health Service Commission, Public Procurement Agency Governing Board and Ibile Oil and Gas Cooperation Governing Board.
The nominees for the appointment consists of Chairman of the Lagos State Health Service Commission including; Dr. (Mrs.) Onaiga Atinuke Muenat, Chairman, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya, Dr. Olumuyiwa Solanke, and Mrs. Adepeju Muibat Adeleye as members.
The nominees for the appointment as members of Public Procurement Agency Governing Board are; Miss. Foluso Oluyinka Onabowale, Miss. Foluso Akeem Mustapha, and Mr. Olusola Lanre as members.
The nominees appointed as members of the Ibile Oil and Gas Governing Board are; Mr. Wole Ogunsanya, Mr. Tokunbo Ishmael, Mr. Goke Adeniyi, and Miss. Omolara Abike Kujo-Alakija.
While the nominees appointed for members as Lagos State Judicial Service Commission include; Mr. Supo Atijo, Mrs. Bamidele Akinyemi, and Mr. Kehinde Kareem.
Consequently, A Bill for a law to Amend the Lagos State Sports Commission Law, 2017 and to promote Youths and Sports Development in Lagos State and for connected purpose scaled through first reading.