NASS To Fast-track Anti-tobacco Bills
Senate President , Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the National Assembly will fast track the passage of all anti-tobacco bills before it.
Saraki also pledged to ensure the adherence and compliance with all anti tobacco laws in Nigeria, stating that global and the World Health Organization (WHO) standards must be maintained, as Nigeria cannot be a dumping ground for goods that have negative implications for the health of the citizens.
The Senate President spoke yesterday at the National Assembly when a delegation of civil society groups led by Director of the Campaign For Tobacco Free Kids, (CFTFK), Bintou Camara visited him.
According to Saraki, “We must reassure you that we will not pass laws that anybody will evade. We will definitely ensure that those laws are strictly adhered to and complied with. I can assure you that once the necessary bills come back to us from the Ministry of Health, we will fast track it and ensure they are passed it into law.”
The Senate President further said, “We don’t believe that Nigeria should be a dumping ground. We do believe that as leader, not only in Africa, but in today’s global world, what is good in other parts of developed countries, should also be applicable here. I think it is up to us to ensure that what some people can’t do in other countries, they don’t do them here, not only to do it with tobacco, but in other aspects of our lives.”
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