The Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday ordered the arrest of violators of the compulsory use of face masks in the State.
The Governor who spoke to journalists in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, vowed that anyone caught without wearing face mask in the public risk spending six months in jail.
Governor Abiodun invoked regulation seven of the infectious diseases in section 33 of the Public Health Law of the state which mandated the compulsory wearing of face masks by all persons in public as part of measures to prevent the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic.
He disclosed that worship centres would be tentatively reopened on Friday, August 14, warning that worshipper without face mask would not, only be prevented from entering churches or mosques but such individual would also be arrested and prosecuted.
The Governor urged religious leaders to comply fully with the measures mutually agreed upon by them and the government.
He revealed that the State would reopen schools on Tuesday, August 4 for ss3 students giving them the grace of two weeks to prepare for their Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (SSCE).
The Governor also announced automatic promotion for students of public primary and secondary schools.
He said, “Wearing of face masks in the public is now compulsory. Therefore, I hereby invoke powers conferred on me by Regulation 7 of the Infectious Diseases (Emergency Prevention) Regulations No. 2 of 2020 (the Regulations), made pursuant to section 33 of the Public Health Law of Ogun State (the Law), to mandate the compulsory wearing of face masks by all persons in public as part of measures to prevent the rapid spread of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Failure to do so is punishable by up to six months’ imprisonment under Regulation 8 of the Regulations and section 68 of the Law.”
The Governor assured parents and students of safety, saying his administration had put everything in place to meet COVID-19 preventive criteria.