Lagos Assembly calls for intense awareness campaign against Covid 19.

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to direct the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to intensify public enlightenment campaigns in a bid to curtail the spread of fast rising cases of Covid 19 among Lagosians.

The House made this call following the ravaging effect of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Speaker of the House, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who presented the matter during plenary on Tuesday, said it was important for the House to invite the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, to brief the House on the state government’s efforts and preparedness to prevent the 2nd wave of the disease in the state.

He stressed that there is an urgent need to ensure that all the COVID-19 protocols are strictly observed, e he further urged the government to ensure that enforcement was total as prevention is the most reliable precautions against the scourge for now.

“The Governor is down with mild symptoms of COVID-19 and I want to urge all the lawmakers in the House to observe the protocols of the pandemic.

“The Clerk of the House should also ensure that the staff of the House and visitors observe the protocols.

“We should sustain the campaign against the spread of the disease in the state. We all know that the disease is on the rise again in the United States of America and in other countries.

“The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, should come and brief the House on the efforts being made to prevent the spread of the disease in the state,” Obasa said.

Commenting on the matter, a member of the House Committee on Health Services, Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), lamented that people no longer take precaution against the disease as many don’t even believe that it exists.

He stressed that the state could not afford another lockdown, warning that the only way out was for people to observe the new normal, which is to observe the protocol.

Also, the Cooperative Societies Bill 2020, which is titled, “A Bill for a law to provide for the registration of Cooperative Societies in Lagos State and for connected matters,” was read for the second time.

Members agreed that the bill seeks to address all the inadequacies bedeviling the existing law on cooperative societies in the state and called for speedy passage of the bill.

After exhaustive deliberations, the Speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, to report back to the House in two weeks.

Still at plenary, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Victor Akande presented a report on Unlawful Societies and Cultism (Prohibition) Bill 2020, titled: “A Bill for a law to provide for the prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism in Lagos State and for other connected purposes,” the committee was asked to go and make some amendments before it would be read for the third time.

The Speaker then urged the standing committees of the House to conclude work on the Bills before them, while the joint Committees on Budget and Economic Planning and Finance were equally asked to complete work on the 2021 Budget proposal of the state before the end of the year.

The House later adjourned sitting to Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12 noon.

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