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Reps Block Journalists from Controversial Infection Disease Bill Public Hearing

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House of Representatives on Wednesday blocked journalists from covering public hearing on the controversial Infectious diseases Bill.

an unidentified Sergent-at-Arm stationed at the entrance of Hearing Room 028, venue of the public hearing, explained that he under instructions not to allow journalists into the committee room.

According to him, it was only the chairman of the House Committee on Health Services, Tanko Sununu that would clear journalists to cover the event.

The two days hearing is organised by the House Committees on Health Services, Health Institutions and Justice.

Speaker of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila who declared the hearing open expressed concern that the engagement on the proposed legislation has been ill-informed and outrightly malicious.

The Speaker said, “There are those in our society, who benefit from promoting the falsehood that every government action is cynical, and every policy proposal must be the product of malignant influence.

“We must never succumb to the impulses that these elements represent, and we must reject them always as doing so is an act of excellent service to a nation we love and are beholden to.

The Speaker who admitted that the draft Bill is imperfect assured that inputs from stakeholders would be factored into the piece of legislation before it is passed into law.

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