Outrage at Nigeria's 'Draconian' Infectious Disease Bill

A bill that seeks to replace the Quarantine Act with a Control of Infectious Disease Act has quickly passed the first and second readings at the House of Representatives. Queenesther Iroanusi for the Premium Times says there is concern that the bill passed through the lower house so quickly and also that it gives too much power to the presidency, the health ministry and the National Centre for Disease Control Director-General. The official opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, is urging lawmakers in the National Assembly to stand firm against the passage of the bill until there are public hearings on the proposed law.

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