Hon James Abiodun Faleke MHR, who is representing Ikeja Federal Constituency at the Green Chamber, National Assembly spared some time to engage members and intellectuals of Lagos West of the foremost youth group in Nigeria, Youths for New Nigeria popularly known as YNN.
The discussion was done online with over 250 youths covering all local governments areas of Lagos West in accordance with the ban on physical gathering of persons above 20 and inline with the physical and social distancing order by the Nigerian Center for Disease Control, NCDC as a precautionary measure to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID19.
The session which was moderated by the Founder and National Coordinator of YNN, Comrade Sunday Obanubi, was solely to identify loopholes in the bill and recommend workable and realistic people centered recommendations for the national assembly as it seeks to amend the obsolete Quarantine Act of 1926.
Hon James Faleke was magnanimous enough to provide the Quarantine Act of 1926 and the Proposed Infectious Disease Control Bill 2020.
Barrister Tope Akinyode, a seasoned barrister pointed out some valid flaws limiting the fundamental human rights of Nigerians as provided for in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Some of the recommendations made include reviewing the powers accrued to the Director General of the NCDC as being the ultimate decider on the Bill only to recourse to the Minister of Health where necessary. It was recommended that such powers should be checked to avoid abuse and the powers of the President must be well couched alongside with the provisions.
Other points and recommendations are as below
As stated in section 19 (5)
Prohibition or restriction of meetings, gatherings and public entertainments
(5) Any person who is aggrieved by any order of the Director General under subsection (1) may, within 7 days from the date of the order, appeal to the Minister whose decision shall be final.
The group recommended that “Appeal or disagreement with the provisions and enforcement of the bill should lie with the courts and not otherwise”
Also Section 24, which says
Power of enforcement officer to order destruction of house, building or anything.
This was objected totally and recommendation was stated as.
if any person will be dispossessed of his property, it has to be for PUBLIC USE. It should be duly replaced or adequately compensation be paid to the owner.
The group is confident that the recommendations shall be duly treated as important and table at the floor of the National Assembly in the interest of all Nigerians.