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ADAMAWA ASSEMBLY: Lawmakers Commence Deliberation on HIV/AIDS Bill

LEGISREPORTS NG – Lawmakers in Adamawa state, have finally deemed it fit to comment deliberation on the bill seeking to amend the state HIV/AIDS Control Agency Law of 2004.

 

The bill which successfully passed through the first reading as witnessed by LEGISREPORTS, is vehemently seeking for the removal of state council on AIDS from the law.

 

The motion for the bill to be read in the hallow chamber of the House was moved by the member representing Yola North constituency, Hon. Ishaq Bala Mohammed, and seconded by the member representing Girei constituency, Hon. Abubakar Umar Girei.

 

The decision to amend the bill which has been in existence since 2004, was necessitated by the state governor, Murtala Nyako, who on the 10th of this month wrote to the Assembly on the need to amend the law.

 

Clause 5A sub-1,2 and 3 of bill number  2 of 2013 are section of the bill that the governor is presently soliciting for amendment from the members.

 

The governor’s letter was read by the Assembly speaker, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri before the members showed that the request for the amendment was prompted by the World Bank as well as the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA).

 

The amendment if urgently carried out, the members in their various contributions hold tight that the bill would go a long way in bringing succor to Persons Living With HIV/AIDS in the state and would as well strengthen the agency concerned to reach out to persons living with HIV/AIDS in the entire axis of the state..

 

It could be recalled that the need to amend the bill was observed by both NACA and World Bank during their visits to the state in April as they quickly drew the attention of the state coordinator of the State Agency for the Control of AIDS {SACA}

 

In demonstration of the state readiness to spread smiles on the faces of PLWHA as well as those that are free of the surge, the governor wasted no time in communicating to the members on the need to take positive steps for the interest of the people and the state at large.

 

Having patiently listened to the contributions made by the members, the speaker directed the chairman, Rules and Business to schedule the next deliberation on the bill to the next legislative session.

 

 

 

This report was prepared by our reporter in Yola.

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