From: Laide Raheem, Abeokuta
Ogun State House of Assembly has passed the State Accident Victims First-Aid Law, 2017 making it mandatory for all registered private and public hospitals within the State to give immediate medical attention and first aid to road accident victims in any part of the State.
The bill titled: ““H.B No 06/OG/2017-A Bill for a Law to provide For Emergency Treatment of Road Accident Victims And Establishment Of The Ogun State Trust Fund For Victims of Road Accident and For Other Related Matters”, was passed on Tuesday at the plenary presided over by the Speaker, Suraju Ishola Adekunbi, after the presentation of the House Committee on Health’s report.
The report was presented by the Committee’s Vice Chairman, Hon. Olujimi Otukoya, who thereafter moved the motion for its adoption, seconded by Honourable Olusola Sonuga and supported by the whole House through a voice vote.
The bill was later read and adopted Clause-by Clause before the motion for the third reading was moved by the Majority Leader, Adeyinka Mafe, seconded by his Minority Counterpart, Olawale Alausa while the Clerk of the Assembly, Engr. Lanre Bisiriyu, did the third reading.
The Speaker, Suraj Ishola Adekunbi, thereafter directed that the clean copy of the bill be forwarded to the Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun for his assent.
It would be recalled that the Assembly had earlier held a public hearing in respect of the bill, where stakeholders in the transport and health sectors agreed that the bill was a humanitarian scheme which would give succor to road accident victims, adding it would complement the efforts of all traffic management agencies in protecting the sanctity of human lives.