COVID-19: Controversial bill surfaces at Senate

• Passes first reading

The Senate and the House of Representatives are in the league, to push through passage of a controversial bill to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

The Bill on Control of Infectious Diseases 2020, vests overbearing discretionary powers on the Director-General of the Nigerian Center for Disease Control (NCDC) which has passed first and second readings at the House of Representatives surfaced on Tuesday at the Senate.

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The bill, sponsored by Senator representing Enugu North who incidentally is the Chairman Senate Committee on Primary Health and Communicable Diseases, Chukuwuka Utazi has a new title, National Health Emergency Bill, 2020 ).

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan ordered distribution of copies to lawmakers, a sequel to the demand for a draft copy of the bill by Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

The bill has since passed first reading.

Details later.

 

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