Mr. Bukola Saraki, the Senate President, on Thursday in Abuja, while receiving some delegates of civil society groups led by Bintou Camara, Director, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CFTFK) is reported to have made promises to the group as per the cause of their visit.
The group who say they are advocating for a tobacco-free environment in Nigeria, urged the Senate President to ensure that anti-tobacco bill was given speedy passage whenever it was brought to it by the Federal Ministry of Health.
The senate president is reported to have promised the civil group delegates that, the Senate would adhere to all anti-tobacco laws in the country and also ensure that the passage of the anti-tobacco bill suffers no delay.
The senate president stated, “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 to us from the Ministry of Health, we will fast track them and ensure they are passed into law.
“We are on the same page and I want to assure you that here in the Senate, we will work very closely with you.
“We will ensure that there are strict compliance with global standards and regulations of World Health Organisation (WHO).”
Mr. Saraki also promised that the Senate would laise with the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that draft bills form the ministry were given prompt attention.
However, Mr. Saraki, is said to have also warned that, Nigeria would never be turned into a dumping ground for goods that has negative implications on the health of its citizens.
Written by Okolo Ezinne