March 9, 2021

Gbajabiamila justify copying Compulsory Vaccination Bill as Plateau MP opposes

The Speaker of the green chamber of the Nigeria National Assembly, Femi Gbajabiamila has justified copying the controversial compulsory vaccination bill for the Nigeria citizens on infectious disease from Singapore.

Gbajabiamila who was speaking at an event to clear the allegation of plagiarising the Singaporean law, explained that plagiarism is not known in the legislative drafting, adding that the allegation of plagiarism is intended only to arise certain passion.

“When you want to achieve a particular objective, the first thing you will need to do is to ask yourself is there any other jurisdiction that has achieved what you intend to achieve, if is yes, the next thing is how did they achieve it in the written text and you will take that written text and take it as a foundation for developing your own legislation and you will make whatever improvement you need to make so that it will suite your local context.

We are taking what was done in Singapore as foundation for our work and improve and amend it to an extent that it will more suite to our local context. It is important to know that there is nothing we have done in the bill that is not based on existing law in Nigeria” he said.

It could be recalled that the speaker was accused of plagiarizing the copy of the 1970 Singapore bill, word for word with some draconian power given to the Minister of Health and DG of NCDC who are unelected officials in the country.

Meanwhile, a lawmaker in the Plateau State House of Assembly and member representing Kanke Constituency has described the proposed bill as an act of right infringement.

The member, Barrister Wallok Goma said as much as government needs to prevent the disease from further spread, but the vaccine should not be compulsory because people have the right to say no, and they should not be penalised for refusing.

“Even if it is a food, if someone decides not to eat food to die, can you impose it on people that everybody must eat food to stay alive? He argued.

They should make laws that will better the lives of the citizens, like laws to provide citizens with infrastructure, Portable water, food security among others but not compulsory law of vaccination.