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The National Assembly has insisted on the passage of the Health Emergency Bill in spite of public outcries and opposition to the autocratic legislation.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi, representing Enugu North Senatorial District, in a media interaction on the Control of Infectious Disease Bill Townhall on Channels Television on Monday, had said that there is no better time for the passage of the bill than now, declaring that there is no going back on the Health Emergency Bill in the Senate.

Utazi, sponsor of the National Health Emergency Bill, emphasized that the National Assembly is passing the bill to fill the gaps in the health sector. However, the Senator may not have updated his records on health legislations to the knowledge of the Quarantine Act which had been reviewed over time or he may have deliberately chosen to lie on his claim of gaps in health laws to justify the desperation of the federal lawmakers to pass the controversial bill.

Senator Utazi had declared: “I want to say that there is no going back on this bill. We are already set on a voyage and all we want is informed input into this bill.

“There is no better time for any law to come into force. Anytime within the pendency of the four-year tenure of the National Assembly is the time to make any law and that is just what we are doing.”

The senator maintained: “It is very necessary and timely for this bill to come into place because there are gaps that are existing that needs to be filled. We need to have a legal framework to guide our activities.

“We cannot continue depending on executive orders one after the other. It is totally wrong. This is a democracy. We are not in a military regime where the executive will make laws for the people.

“We have the National Assembly that is in place and sitting and that is what we want to do. We want to take up our duties and do that job.”

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  1. Sunday

    June 9, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    These our lawmakers lack focus

  2. Zyzy

    June 9, 2020 at 2:11 pm

    We need to kick them out if they will not serve our interest

  3. Solomon Ejutse Edith

    June 9, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    The Infectious NCDC bill is said to be going for public hearing tomorrow. The administration of the Bill is

    Some people have been selected for this Hearing. Why? Some? This is undemocratic & this is wrong!
    We are in a democratic society and due diligence must be observed why the hurry to pass an obnoxious health law, because of a virus that has not been scientifically tested and proven to be deadly as a claimed, passing the bill can never justify the spread of the virus until all ends are met scientifically.

    We are not in a State of emergency, selecting a few people from over 250 million people is laughable, public hearing should be made public, and granting the DG of Ncdc the autonomous power of administration of the Bill is too centralized thereby making the DG overly powerful which has negative consequences on all Nigeria.

    This is not a military government, grant public hearing or stop this bill


  4. Austin

    June 9, 2020 at 8:50 pm


  5. josh

    June 10, 2020 at 4:44 am

    We will not allow this to happen in our nation!

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