The House of Representatives has passed for second reading a Bill for an Act to Establish Nigeria Centre for Vaccine Research and Development and for Related Matters.
The Bill sponsored by Kasimu Maigari from Taraba state seeks to establish a research center that will be saddled with the responsibility of developing vaccines for ailments in the country.
Leading the debate, the lawmaker who noted that Nigeria currently lacks a research center that can develop vaccines to combat outbreak of diseases said the center when established would also help in catering for the vaccine needs of other African countries.
In his submission the minority leader Ndudi Elumelu who described the motion as timely said this would reduce the nation’s dependency on foreign vaccines.
On his part the leader of the House Alhasassan Ado Doguwa said the legislation would help Nigeria develop its own vaccines in line with the genetic composition of its citizens.
The bill was referred to the House Committee on Health Institutions for more legislative inputs.
By Aisha Adesanya.