(File) NCDC Director-Common, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu.
The Director-Common of Nigeria Centre for Illness Management (NCDC) has reacted to the proposed NCDC invoice by the Home of Representatives noting that he personally believes that the time of disaster shouldn’t be the time to draft a invoice.
Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu mentioned this on Thursday in Abuja whereas responding to questions from journalists on the Presidential Job Power briefing on COVID-19.
The NCDC boss mentioned, though the invoice exhibits that the lawmakers are involved concerning the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for options, the invoice want requires session to have the ability to serve Nigeria each in current and sooner or later.
“To be sincere I noticed the invoice similar to everybody else, circulating on social media. I take it in a great way. I feel the members of the Home of Reps and all people is worried concerning the scenario and what now we have discovered ourselves in. They’re doing their absolute best to give you the one answer they’ll give you which is creating new legal guidelines.
“I take it positively however the invoice requires extra session. I’m personally not in favour of drafting a invoice in the course of a disaster. I feel we have to recover from the disaster and use the momentum to interact with all stakeholders to give you a invoice that may actually serve this nation.
“We should assume via step fastidiously and give you a invoice match for function and serves us now and into the longer term,” he mentioned.
A Invoice for an Act to repeal the Quarantine Act, and enact the Management of Infectious Illnesses invoice on Wednesday handed second studying within the Home of Representatives.
The invoice which was sponsored by the Speaker of the Home, Femi Gbajabiamila seeks to empower the NCDC and make it extra proactive.
Gbajabiamila whereas main the controversy mentioned the NCDC had little or no powers to hold out its mandate though it’s a physique with nice professionals.
The introduction of the invoice has nevertheless drawn criticism with many individuals on social media calling for it to be dropped. As of Thursday afternoon, the highest Twitter pattern in Nigeria was #StoptheNCDCBill.