Controversial Infectious Disease Bill Smuggled Into Senate, Passes First Reading

Controversial Infectious Disease Bill Smuggled Into Senate, Passes First Reading

By Wires | The Trent on May 7, 2020
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Ahmad Lawan, Senate
Ahmed Lawan, the senate president of Nigeria

The controversial bill seeking to repeal the Quarantine Act 2004 sponsored by the House of Representatives surfaced at the Senate on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, under a different title which read “National Health Emergency Bill, 2020”.

The bill was introduced during Tuesday, May 5, 2020, plenary and sponsored by Chukwuka Utazi, a senator representing Enugu North. However, the bill was vehemently opposed by fellow Enugu PDP Senator, Ike Ekweremadu, who represents Enugu West.

Ekweremadu demanded the draft copy of the bill, which made the Senate President, to order for distribution of copies to all Senators and ruled that the second reading would be taken next week Tuesday.

Source: Daily Post

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