Governors Ask NASS To step Down Infectious Diseases Bill

The Nigeria Governors Forum NGF, wants the National Assembly to step down the proposed Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, 2020 before it, until appropriate consultation is made including public hearings to gather public opinion.

Chairman of the forum and Governor of Ekiti state Dr. Kayode Fayemi stated this after the 8th teleconference meeting with his colleagues.

The Governors raised concern with the lack of consultation with State governments who are at the forefront of the pandemic and established a Committee comprising the Governors of Katsina, Sokoto and Plateau to lead a consultative meeting with the leadership of the National Assembly on the proposed bill. 

Worried by the increasing number of cases in the country, governors pledged to increase the availability of isolation beds to at least 300 per State and accelerate the procurement of additional personal protective equipment PPE, and train health workers in the states to contain the spread of the virus. 

After an update from Governor Godwin Obasaki of Edo State on the operation of the World Bank States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability project to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Governors agreed to take additional measures to strengthen their public financial management systems, including a revision of their 2020 budgets and the amendment of State procurement guidelines to support e-procurement and the participation of small and medium-sized enterprises in the states.

Governors also raised concern about the ownership and distribution of proceeds from the recovered looted funds and pledged to engage with the federal government to ensure that the State governments are carried along as shareholders in the distribution of proceeds from the looted funds.

Nehemiah Anini

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