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Vaccination bill was poorly drafted, says Bwala

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Daniel H. Bwala, Special Adviser on Legal and Constitutional Matters to Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege has said that the vaccination bill in the House of Representatives was poorly drafted.

Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila sponsored the vaccination bill.

Bwala said 90 percent of the provisions of the bill are a direct copy from Singapore though is not a bad idea to copy.
   
He said some of the provisions of the bill, which the House of Representatives copied are unfortunately subject of conversation in Singapore which needs to be repealed and replaced.

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He made the statement during a Zoom Conference organised by Elombah Communications in collaboration with Njenje Media Ltd, tagged “Covid-19 and the proposed Vaccination Bill: Implications for Nigeria” at the weekend. 
   
“The bill quite frankly needs a lot of work. 90 percent of the provisions of the bill are a direct copy from Singapore, though it is not a bad idea to copy, the only thing is that most of the provisions in the bill which we copy are even subject of conversation in Singapore, which will be repealed.
   
“We cannot look at the picture by looking backwards, with respect to the bill, and the impression, we cannot kill it, and we need to make it. The bill was poorly drafted, I must be honest, and we can make it better, ”Bwala said. 

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However, the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila has justified the adoption of Singaporean law in drafting the Vaccination Bill. Represented by his Special Assistant, Research and Public Policy, Dubem Okadigbo Moghalu, during the conference explained that plagiarism is not known in the legislative drafting, adding that the allegation of plagiarism is intended only to raise emotions.

He explained that when a particular objective is to be achieved through the passage of the Act of Parliament, it is a common practice to look for other jurisdiction that has achieved what is intended to achieve.

He said: “I need it to be clear that the language of plagiarism that has been used in relation to this bill is simply incendiary, and it is intended only to arise certain passion. Plagiarism is not known in legislative drafting.”

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