Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Senate tackles Govs over call to suspend Infectious Disease Bill, says ‘we don’t act on newspaper reports’


tiamin rice

The Senate has tackled Nigerian governors over calls on the National Assembly to suspend its consideration of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020.

Recall that the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, had, in a communiqué signed by its Chairman and Ekiti State governor, Kayode Fayemi, had disapproved of the Bill over the lack of consultation with state governments.

However, reacting to the call, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru, via his twitter handle said the governors had not formally communicated their request to the upper chamber.

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Mr Basiru said: “As to inquiry on what is the position of the Senate to the newspaper report on the call for suspension by Governors of the infectious disease bill.

“The Senate does not act on newspaper reports.

“When and if a communication is received by the Senate from appropriate channel, it will be considered democratically in accordance with the procedure of the Senate and a decision taken by majority as is expected in a democracy.

“So I cannot predict what will be the disposition of majority of the Senate to the “advice” of the Governors to.

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“The Bill is yet to be read the Second time at which stage, by Senate Orders, the principles of the Bill will be discussed and a decision taken on whether the Bill should proceed for further legislative processes.

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“Personally, I think the governors may engage the Senators in their respective states on whatever objections they have on the Bill so that it may be taken up on their behalf by the Senators from their states during the second reading.”

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