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NGF Urges NASS To Step Down Infectious Diseases Bill

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Ganiyat Ganiyu

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has urged the National Assembly to step down the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020, pending wider consultations.

The Governors also set up a three-member committee made up of governor Aminu Masari (Katsina), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto) and Simon Lalong (Plateau) to meet with the leadership of the National Assembly over the issue.

They made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of the forum’s 8th teleconference meeting held on Wednesday on the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

The communiqué, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, was signed by the Forum Chairman and Governor of Ekiti, Dr Kayode Fayemi.

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“Following an update from the Governor of Sokoto State and NGF Vice Chairman, Aminu Tambuwal, on the proposed bill, the governors raised concern over the lack of consultation with state governments who were at the forefront of the pandemic.

“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.

“In the light of this, the forum established a Committee, comprising the governors of Katsina, Sokoto and Plateau to lead a consultative meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly on the proposed bill.

“The NGF Secretariat was also mandated to comprehensively review the bill and its implication on states,” it stated.

The forum also expressed concerns over the rising number of Coronavirus cases in the country.

The governors noted that the worrying trend urgently called for additional measures by state governors to ramp up capacity for testing and increase the availability of isolation beds to at least 300 per state.

They added that the trend also called for measures by governors to accelerate the procurement of additional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training for health workers, as well as the continued enforcement of interstate restriction of movement.

The NGF noted that in line with the commitment made by the forum to intensify public-private collaboration for the delivery of palliatives from the private sector, they were making warehouses available for the delivery of palliatives.

The statement also said the governors had set up two committees to interface with the Federal Government on the next Medium-term National Development Plan, as well to steer the activities of the NGF-NESG Economic Roundtable (NNER), respectively.

“In the spirit of developing a truly coordinated national response to the crisis, governors expressed the importance of greater consultation and collaboration between the federal and state governments on development planning.

“A Committee was consequently set up to interface with the federal government on the next Medium-term National Development Plan.

“The committee is made up of the Governors of Bauchi, Plateau, Kebbi, Akwa Ibom, Abia and Ekiti.

“A second committee comprising the governors of Gombe, Nasarawa, Delta, Ebonyi, Oyo and Kaduna states was established to steer the activities of the NGF-NESG Economic Roundtable (NNER).”

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