COVID-19: OGSG makes U-turn on N95,000 disinfection fee, disowns Ministry of Environment directive
Damilola Adelesi, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Government has rescinded its earlier announced decision on enforcement of compulsory payment of N95,000 for the disinfection and disinfestation of various private properties in the state.
This was contained in a press release made by available to Ogunreporters, and personally signed by Kunle Somorin, the Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, stating that the process for decontamination of industry and business premises is part of the measures being put in place by the incumbent administration to curtail the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in various work places.
In the press statement issued, it further luminated that the main objective of the Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines for workplaces in Ogun State issued earlier in the wake of COVID-19 is to ensure safe and conducive work environment for workers in both public and private sectors in the state and minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
However, the state government has announced that each company or business owner is at liberty to engage any competent service provider of its choice for fumigation or decontamination of their properties, provided the exercise is done in accordance with the laid down standards to ensure the environment is free of COVID-19 and other pathogens that are inimical to human health and safety.
“As a responsible Administration, the fumigation or decontamination requirement was a public health focused initiative and never intended as a plank for revenue generation by government or a preserve of selected service providers.
“This directive therefore clarifies and indeed supersedes any information that may have been erroneously disseminated to the public by the State Ministry of Environment. For emphasis, there are no government accredited decontamination service providers.” The statement added.
The government while appreciating the good people of Ogun state, further urged the general public to play their roles in making Ogun state a pandemic-free state in the fight against COVID-19.
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