The Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has announced that the controversial Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 being debated on the floor of the House of Representatives will be put to public hearing.
Gbajabiamila, who seemed to have bowed to public pressure, stated this during Tuesday’s plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.
He said, “The Control of Infectious Diseases Bill will be put forward to a public hearing where stakeholder contributions will be sought to make improvements to the bill before it is reviewed and debated by the Committee of the whole.
“It is from the accumulation of these myriad views, suggestions and good faith critiques from within and outside the House that we will arrive at final legislation that meets the present and future needs of our country, and which we all can support in good conscience,” the speaker added.
He, however, disagreed with those who condemned the timing of the bill, insisting that it was appropriate to enact such a bill at this time.
The speaker also denied claims that the leadership of the House had received $10 million to pass the bill.
He decried that the allegations were weighty, and the House would take legal action.