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Bills To Address Maternal Death, Others Pass Second Reading In Senate

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, with a few of his colleagues on the higher chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja on December 17, 2020.

 

A invoice for an act to supply for the efficient surveillance, assessment, and prevention of maternal and perinatal deaths and associated issues for the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2020 (SB. 581) has scaled the second studying within the Senate.

The invoice and 6 others have been learn for the second time on Thursday throughout plenary on the higher chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Sponsored by the Senate Committee Chairman on Health, Senator Yahaya Oloriegbe, the invoice proposes to introduce a surveillance system to trace maternal mortalities within the nation and establish the direct and oblique elements accountable for the deaths.

Senator Oloriegbe believes the information on maternal and perinatal deaths can be helpful in making suggestions on the way to handle the issue.

Senator Sadiq Umar, who seconded that the invoice needs to be learn for the second time, defined the rationale behind his choice.

He mentioned, “I support this bill because the maternal deaths in this country are unacceptable; these deaths affect the poor primarily and we all have the poor in our constituencies.

“To achieve our goal by 2030, we need to have data that is properly interpreted and informs decision making. I urge us all for this bill to be read the second time.”

Shortly after it was learn the second time, the lawmakers referred the invoice to the Committee on Health to report again inside 4 weeks.

Another piece of laws that scaled the second studying was the invoice for an act to supply for the institution of the National Tea and Coffee Development Council by Senator Yusuf Yusuf.

The invoice goals to develop and promote rising, manufacturing, and advertising and marketing of tea and occasional within the nation.

Senator Smart Adeyemi, who seconded that the invoice needs to be learn for the second time, acknowledged that it needs to be given all of the help that it wanted to be handed into legislation.

According to him, the invoice deserves the help of the lawmaker as it’ll present job alternatives and allow the nation to compete within the international financial system of tea and occasional.

Like the primary, the invoice was learn for the second time and referred to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development to report again inside 4 weeks.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, described the invoice as an important one, noting that Nigeria has huge land for the manufacturing of tea and occasional.

“If we utilise such an environment, we can help in diversifying our economy. I believe that we have a way of ensuring that this Bill and subsequent ones in the area of agriculture will improve and will help sustain our economy,” he mentioned.

The remaining items of laws that handed by the second studying embody a invoice for an act to ascertain the Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute (NBRRI) to construct capability, conduct built-in utilized analysis and improvement in roads, buildings, and engineering supplies sectors and for associated issues, 2020 (SB. 333) by Senator Uche Ekwunife, in addition to a invoice for an act to repeal the National Human Rights Commission Act CAP N46 LFN 2004 and enact the National Human Rights Commission Act, 2020 to strengthen the Commission to conduct investigations and maintain contributions to the Human Rights Fund for Human Rights Activities in Nigeria and for associated issues, 2020 (SB. 586) by Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Others are invoice for an act to supply for the institution of the Nigerian Arabic Language Village as an Inter-University Centre for Arabic Studies and for different associated issues, 2020 (SB. 331) by Senator Kashim Shettima, a invoice for an act to ascertain the Federal Orthopaedic Hospital Kuta and for associated issues, 2020 (SB. 279) by Senator Sani Musa, and a invoice for an act to change the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 to supply for the Federal Character and for associated issues, 2020 (SB. 514) by Senator Betty Apiafi.

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