Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, has signed the State COVID-19 and different Harmful Infectious Ailments and Associated Issues invoice into regulation.
The governor’s signing comes 24 hours after the regulation was handed on Wednesday by the State Home of Meeting.
Talking after signing the invoice into regulation in Abakaliki, Governor Umahi stated the state authorities has launched N200 million for palliative measures to cushion the impact of the sit-at-home order on the folks.
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In line with him, the regulation is to provide authorized impact to the rules and precautionary measures adopted by the state authorities to fight the scourge of COVID-19, Lassa Fever and cholera within the state.
The governor famous that the fund can be used to purchase rice, tomatoes and different meals gadgets for residents of the state.
He additionally warned folks in opposition to inflating the costs of meals, medicine and different important items and providers because it constitutes an offence.
“To hoard meals, medicine and different important items and providers throughout the State or refusal to offer meals, medicine and different important items and providers throughout the State for folks to purchase shall represent an offence.
“The place an individual breaches any of the above, the offender(s) shall be prosecuted in accordance with the Legislation and there shall be seizure and forfeiture of the meals, medicine and different important items to the State, and as well as, such forfeited meals, medicine and different important items shall be utilized for the needs of assuaging the provision wants within the state.
“The regulation additionally prohibits the transmission, or dissemination via a pc system or community or in any other case false info relating to COVID-19 throughout the State and different Harmful Infectious Ailments and or any circumstances associated to,” he acknowledged.