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Delta mulls law on compulsory use of face masks to curb coronavirus

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As part of measures to check the spread of COVID-19, the Delta State Government has resolved to enforce the use of face masks for residents of the state through an executive bill.

Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu made this known, while briefing the media on the outcome of a virtual meeting of the state’s Executive Council.

Aniagwu stated that at the virtual meeting presided over by Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, it was resolved that to make the use of face mask compulsory and effective, the governor would send an executive bill to the House of Assembly.

He said, “The decision to make the use of face mask compulsory for people of the state while in public places was based on the fact that face mask had helped to reduce the spread of COVID-19”

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Aniagwu, who was with the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Olisa Ifeajika, at the media briefing, added that far-reaching decisions were also taken to further cushion the effects of the pandemic on the state’s economy.

“Activities of Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) were also reviewed to ensure that government income is recovered without inflicting further pains on the people.

“We also resolved that all protocols must be observed in the process of awarding contracts or procurements to ensure transparency and for our people to always get value for their money,” he added.

Aniagwu also noted that the decision to lockdown the state was reviewed and we expressed satisfaction that the proactive lockdown of the state had paid off as it has ensured that the number of coronavirus cases in the state had remained four.

“We have taken a lot of samples for test and so far, the results came out negative. It is unfortunate that we lost one person and we are grateful to God that the three other cases are doing well. Once their results come out negative twice, they will return to their families.

“By next week, government will provide face masks free to the people. Officials of the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) have praised the state government for its level of preparedness for COVID-19.

“But in spite of the proactive steps so far taken, we are not praying for people to come to the centres notwithstanding the high level of facilities at the centres,” he said.

He also explained the views of the state government on the distribution of food items, noting that it was effective as it got to the most vulnerable people in the state.

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