Adamawa Assembly urged to pass HIV/AIDS bill
The Adamawa State House of Assembly has been called upon for the speedy passage and amendment of a bill for Agency for the control of HIV/AIDS in the state. Chairperson of the Agency (ADSACA) and wife of the state governor, Dr. Halima Nyako, made the call during a condolence visit to the house over the demise of member representing Nassarawo/Mbinyeri constituency, Honourable Ahmad Buba Gangwaso.
Dr. Halima said the passage of the bill will bring succor not only to the people living with HIV/AIDS, but will greatly facilitate access to donor agencies for sourcing the much needed funds and accessories to help in the fight towards zero new HIV/AIDS infection in the state. Nyako stated that the bill, if accorded a accelerated passage, will bring zero death from HIV related diseases and prevention of mother to child transmission (PMTCT), which have continued to be the global major health concern and most especially in the Sub-Sahara Africa, Nigeria inclusive.
She also appealed to the Speaker and his colleagues for their intervention through an enforcement of a bill that will ensure the success of the advocacy programme. “I want to assure you that very soon we shall request for a meeting with the house Committee on Health to fine- tune grey areas so as to get this legislation in place for the success of the advocacy programme in the state”. Responding, the Speaker, Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri assured her of the state Assembly’s readiness to support her activities in the state especially in areas of fighting the scourge HIV/AIDS.
Fintiri noted that, as partners in progress, the house will give the bill accelerated hearing to enable the agency carry out its duties effectively.
He reiterated that the house Committee on Health will continue to liaise with the agency for the control of AIDS to fashion out strategies that will go a long way in enlightening the people on dangers of HIV/AIDS in the state.