Senate expedites action on Public Health Emergency Act

By Haruna Salami

Senate has expressed determination to fast-track passage of Public Emergency Act 2021 in view of many other legislative engagements before two chambers.

Senator Chukwuka Utazi, Chairman Senate Committee on Healthcare and Communicable Diseases  gave this indication at a public hearing on “A Bill for an Act to repeal Quarantine Act CAP Q2 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Enact Public Emergency Act 2021 on Thursday at the National .

To achieve this goal, Utazi said the Committee will go on a week retreat to enable their consultants who have listened to the intervention by the major  the industry on the bill to  collate their contributions.

“We won’t want to delay because know there are many challenges facing the National such as the National Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) and the Constitution review.

On the Constitution review Utazi said all the members are supposed to travel to the six geo- political zones and they want to conclude with the retreat “before our colleagues travel for other activities”.

At the public hearing, persons with disabilities made a strong case for the inclusion of its members in healthcare delivery. Lois Auta-Udonkata, Founder, Cedar Seed Foundation in her presentation said they lost some of their members during “because we are not included, especially women and girls with disabilities”, adding, she wants to see “inclusivity” of her members in healthcare delivery.

Nigeria Medical Association, NMA representative, . Idris Omede said the association supports the amendment bill.

However, Abubakar Kende, Secretary General of Nigerian Red Cross Society bitterly complained the Society was not included in New bill despite its crucial role in response to diseases and emergencies generally. He urged the committee to take look at the matter.

On his part, Tunde Salman, Convener, u Good Governance Team emphasised “clean electricity as part of good .

Senator Utazi, Chairman of the Committee and sponsor of the bill assured all stakeholders the Committee come up  with a legislation will meet the expectation of .