Unic Press UK: State governors’ in Nigeria have moved against a Bill entitled ‘Control of Infectious Disease Bill 2020′, which is being sponsored by the House of Representatives Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.
In a statement Wednesday, the Ekiti State Governor and Nigeria Governors’ Forum Chairman, Kayode Fayemi, said:
“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 Premium Times reported.
Apart from the Governors’ Forum, the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) is against the Bill, and have alleged that the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 is a gambit designed to force Nigerians to undergo a compulsory vaccination.
“Opposition Coalition (CUPP) has intercepted very credible intelligence and hereby alerts Nigerians of plans by the leadership of the House of Representatives led by Femi Gbajabiamila to forcefully and without adherence to the rules of lawmaking to pass the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 otherwise known as the Compulsory Vaccination Bill… The Nigeria opposition rejects the Bill and urges opposition lawmakers in the House of Representatives to confront the Speaker of the House with these facts… ” the CUPP spokesperson, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, said a week ago.
Meanwhile the House of Reps Speaker told Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) on Monday that a 2-day public hearing on the Bill is to be held in the next few weeks.