- Dino Melaye has raised a fresh alarm over the proposed infectious diseases prohibition and control bill
- The former lawmaker described the bill as "obnoxious, criminal and anti-people" and a waste of taxpayers' money
- Melaye warned that should the bill scale through the public hearing, houses will be confiscated without provision for compensation
Dino Melaye, a former lawmaker representing Kogi West, has warned the general public against the "obnoxious, criminal and anti-people" infectious diseases prohibition and control bill.
In a lengthy post on his Facebook page, the former lawmaker said that should the bill scale through the tricky hurdle of the public hearing, "people's properties would be confiscated as isolation centres with no provision for compensation."
Melaye gave the warning against the backdrop of the public hearing to be organised by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, June 10, over the controversial bill.
The former senator likened the bill to waste of taxpayer money, wondering why the lower chamber could not build and amend the 2004 Infectious Disease Act reviewed by the House from the 1926 Quarantine Act.
"This Infectious Disease Bill was lifted from Singaporean Infectious Disease Act which was drafted when Singapore was under a dictatorship of Lean Kwan Yau.
"It was not a democracy. House of Rep's being lazy didn't bother to adapt it to suit Nigerian democratic culture and fundamental human rights," Melaye said.
The lawmaker further stressed that the bill being powered by the House of Representatives is against the 1999 constitution.
He said that the bill gives the NCDC, Nigeria's disease control agency, "wild powers to stop any meeting it doesn't like including sealing up of churches."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Melaye had raised concern over acute leadership failure in the country, saying those who have held political offices "including me" have failed Nigerians.
The former lawmaker made his displeasure known in a tweet on Tuesday, May 5, amid the ongoing partial lockdown occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic.
Melaye, an outspoken senator at the 8th Senate widely known for his extravagant lifestyle, wondered why the country could not afford to feed the country for two weeks of lockdown despite selling crude oil for 64 years.
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