The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has commended the State Government for establishing the Infectious Disease and Research Centre to tackle many challenges in the health sector.
To this end, the Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Infectious Disease and Research Centre (NASIDARC) and other Matters Connected Therein has passed second reading on the floor of the house.
Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced the passage of the bill into second reading during plenary in Lafia, yesterday.
The speaker said that the agency was to detect, prevent and control diseases in the state.
“This is to improve the health and standard of living of our people because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation,” he said.
Abdullahi also said that the NASIDARC would create job opportunities for the people of the state, if finally passed into law.
“I will commit the bill to the House Committee on Health to work on it and report back to the House in the next eight weeks,” he said.
Abdullahi commended the state government for establishing NASIDARC considering the significant roles it would play in addressing the health needs of the people.
The speaker further assured that the legislature would continue to give the executive arm all the necessary support to succeed.
The speaker, while welcoming members of APC back from their national convention, said: “Let me use this opportunity to congratulate the APC family for our successful outing during the national convention.
“It is indeed a signal for the victory of the party in 2023 against the thinking of the opposition; APC comes out stronger and it is indeed a successful one.
“APC comes out strongly at the end of the convention and the party is set to take over all positions in 2023, In-shaa Allah,” he said.
Earlier, Alhaji Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House, presented the substance of the bill and moved a motion for it to scale second reading.
The majority leader called on his colleagues to support the bill to scale the second reading for the benefit of the entire state.
Alhaji Mohammed Muluku, the Chief Whip of the House, seconded the motion.
Also, contributing, Mohammed Okpoku, Labaran Usman Shafa, Mohammed Omadefu, David Maiyaki and Abdulaziz Danladi all commended the state government for establishing the NASIDARC in the state.
They asserted that the bill, if passed, would also attract investors to the sector and create jobs in the state.
The House unanimously passed the bill for the second reading.