Control Of Infectious Diseases Bill Must Not Be Rushed —Oligbo
International Lawyer, business Mogul and a chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, Hon Amb Ike Oligbo has cautioned the National Assembly not to rush the legislation on the controversial bill for control of the infectious diseases otherwise called NCDC bill.
He emphasized that the consent of the governed is highly crucial to the enactment and enforcement of any legislation.
Oligbo admitted that the Bill seeks to repeal the obsolete Quarantine Act of 1926 and to enact a new one to meet up with the contemporary challenges for the control and prevention of infectious diseases in the country.
He, however, advised that public confidence in the country’s legislature must first be regained considering conspiracy theories surrounding the bill.
He therefore urged the National Assembly not to rush into making a law that might have unintended consequences that could turn out to be catastrophic for Nigerians.
He stressed that rather than dissipating energy and resources on this controversial bill, Madagascar approach of home grown solution to Covid-19 should be considered and other preventative and treatment potions pursued .
He advocated for synergy between government and private institutions in finding home grown solution to covid -19.
Hon Amb Ike Oligbo commended the Nigerian Senate for suspending the deployment of 5G network in the country pending proper investigation that will ensure that the health of Nigerians are not compromised.
He said that he expects the National Assembly to toe the same line with respect to the legislation on controversial bill on control of infectious diseases (NCDC bill) so as to avoid a retributive effect.