Covid-19: Governors want controversial infectious diseases bill stepped down

Covid-19: Governors want controversial infectious diseases bill stepped down

- Governors have criticised the Control of infectious diseases bill

- They claimed the bill lacks proper “consultation” of governors

- Going further, the governors called for a public hearing on the bill

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Nigerian governors have called for the stepping down of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill.

The bill which was sponsored by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has become controversial since its contents became public knowledge.

The governors disclosed this in a statement by the chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state.

According to him, the bill lacks proper “consultation” of governors and should be “stepped down”

“Following an update from the governor of Sokoto state and vice chairman of the NGF, H.E Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 introduced by the House of Representatives,

“Governors raised concern with the lack of consultation with state governments who are at the forefront of the epidemic. The Forum resolved that the Bill should be stepped down until an appropriate consultative process is held, including a public hearing to gather public opinion and concerns,” the statement read in part.

Governors want controversial Infectious Diseases Bill ‘stepped down’
Fayemi raised concern with the lack of consultation with state governments. Credit: Twitter
Source: Twitter

Meanwhile, had reported that the former senator representing Kogi West senatorial district, Dino Melaye has dragged the speaker of Nigeria's House of Representatives to court over a bill on control of infectious diseases which recommends compulsory vaccination in the country.

The former National Assembly member disclosed his action against Gbajabiamila in a tweet on Monday, May 4.

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Titled Bill for an Act to repeal the Quarantine Act, and enact the Control of Infectious Diseases bill, was sponsored by Gbajabiamila.

The bill which also passed second reading in the House of Representatives seeks to empower the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and make it more proactive.

When the bill becomes law, the NCDC will be empowered and may administer necessary vaccines to curb the spread of pandemics. had also reported that billionaire businessman and philanthropist Bill Gates said he will be funding the construction of factories for seven different potential coronavirus vaccines. ( -> We have updated to serve you better

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