A Monitoring and Enforcement Task Force charged with the responsibility of operationalizing enforcement of the newly signed Anambra State COVID-19 law, has been set up by Anambra State Government.
The Committee comprises representatives of the state government including the Secretary to the State government, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Special Adviser to the Governor on Creative Security/MD, Anambra State Fire Service, Special Adviser to the Governor on Security, Commissioner for Transport, representatives of security agencies including Correctional services, the police, Civil Defence, OCHA Brigade, and ATMA.
Secretary to Anambra State government, Professor Solo Chukwulobelu said the State Governor Willie Obiano had at the last meeting of the State Executive Council, held on Monday, 15th June, 2020, expressed shock that many residents of the state are not obeying COVID-19 safety protocols including wearing of protective face masks, washing of hands with soap, maintaining social distancing and avoiding crowded places.
He said the task force has been mandated to begin the enforcement immediately.
In his words, “The Covid-19 law enforcement task force has already begun its work. Mobile courts to try offenders have been set up in these locations; Onitsha (2 units), Idemili North, Awka South (2 units) and Nnewi. Offenders on conviction will have the option of paying N10,000 fine or they will be committed to community service or both.”
Professor Chukwulobelu also warned those who walk around the streets of Anambra state without wearing protective face masks to get ready for the consequences.
“No offender will be spared. People should do the right thing and wear protective face masks”, he concluded.