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President Signs NCDC Bill into Law
The president who made this known via his Twitter handle on Tuesday November 13 was confident that signing the bill will give NCDC full rights and capacity to carry out its responsibilities.
The president revealed that the Act for the centre which for seven years had no enabling legislation, was one of the bills he signed into law last week.
The president’s tweet read:
One of the Bills I signed into law last week is for an Act establishing the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC). The Agency has existed for seven years, without enabling legislation. Now @NCDCgov has an Act, and is further empowered to deliver on its very important mandate. https://t.co/m8VetyJyOi
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 13, 2018
The NCDC also commended the president for his actions, saying it showed the president’s commitment to national health and security.
NCDC Chief Executive, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, said: “We are very grateful for Mr President’s support in the passage of the Executive Bill.
“This Bill will provide Nigerians with an institute that has the capacity to ensure the country’s health security.
“We are also grateful to the honourable Minister and Minister of State for Health for their support and the Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases led by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa,” he added.
He further stated that the development showed the Federal Government has shown its commitment to ensuring that the citizens are well protected from the public health threat of global emerging infectious diseases.
The agency explained in a statement on Tuesday that since its establishment in 2011, it has demonstrated its capacity to protect the health of Nigerians by delivering on its core functions of preparedness, detection and response to outbreaks of infectious diseases.
It added that the new Act which would establish NCDC as a full-fledged parastatal would also ensure that its work was sustained and supported.