Discriminate Against People Living With HIV/AIDS In Ondo, Bag Five Year Jail Term

hiv-aids-630A five year jail term or a hefty option of fine or both, awaits anyone found discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) in Ondo State.

This is sequel to the passage of the anti-HIV bill by the state legislators on Friday.

At the plenary, members of the state Assembly unanimously passed the bill after it passed second reading.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Bamidele Oleyelogun, who presented the bill before his colleagues, said the fine for offenders will be N500, 000.

He said that people whose offences are considered grievous, will pay the fine and still be sent to five years imprisonment.

This is the first bill to be passed by the assembly two months after Jumoke Akindele emerged as the first female speaker of the assembly.

The House has since embarked on a two week recess to allow some of its members attend a seminar in Tanzania.

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