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36 Governors Halt Infectious Diseases Bill In National Assembly

BY LEVI JOHNSON

The thirty-six governors of the states have called for immediate suspension of the ongoing controversial Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 before the National Assembly.

The controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 which was submitted by the NCDC has hurried passed through the first and second reading without considering the content.

Governors who said they were not carried along in the bill, have ordered the Legislature to suspend all activities in relation to the Bill.

The Governors, at the 8th COVID-19 teleconference of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), expressed discomfort about the Bill, adding that they were not consulted.

NGF’s spokesman, Abdulrazague Bello-Barkindo in a statement Wednesday said: “The governors raised concern with the lack of consultation with State Governments, who are at the forefront of the epidemic.

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”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.”

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