Buhari signs bill permiting immediate treatment of gunshot victims

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja gave assent to the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Bill 2017, through which victims of gunshot and car accidents can now receive immediate treatment in the hospital.

According to the President’s Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang, the President also signed four other bills into law including Anti-Torture Bill 2017, adding that the Compulsory Treatment and Care for Victims of Gunshot Act 2017 makes provisions for compulsory treatment and care for victims of gunshots and other related matters.

He vowed that the Act stipulates that a person with a gunshot wound shall be received for immediate and adequate treatment by any hospital in Nigeria with or without initial monetary deposit.

Enang also stated that a person with a gunshot wound shall not be subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment or torture by any person or authority, including the police and other security agencies.

In the same vein, he disclosed that the Anti-Torture Act 2017 prohibits acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, prescribing penalties for perpetrators of such acts.

Enang went on to state that the President assented to the Niger Delta Development Commission (Establishment) Amendment Act, 2017.

“The Act includes the gas producing and gas processing companies in the list of agencies that are contributing to the Niger Delta Development Commission in addition to the oil companies in a bid to increase funding of the Commission for effective discharge of its duties.

“Previously, the NDDC Acts excluded the gas companies. The Act makes it explicit that the gas companies have to be included. This is to diversify the sources of funding for the NDDC for the economic wellbeing of the region,” he explained.

Enang said the President also signed Federal Capital Appropriation Bill which he said authorises the Federal Capital Territory Administration to legally and legitimately provide funds out of its Statutory Revenue Fund for recurrent and capital expenditure.

He stated that Buhari had earlier assented to the Federal Capital Territory Water Board (Establishment) Bill 2017, National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Bill, 2017,

According to him, “The Federal Capital Territory Water Board Establishment Act is charged with the responsibility for providing safe, adequate and affordable water supply services to the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

“It is also to collaborate with the other authorities responsible for water resources management to secure efficient use of water resources for the conservation and protection of the water resources of the Territory and the nation.”

The President, according to Enang, also signed National Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment (Establishment) Bill, 2017 which seeks to provide national direction in cancer research, control and treatment.

The Act will also guide scientific improvements to cancer prevention, treatment and care, as it will also coordinate and liaise between the wide range of groups and health care providers with an interest in cancer.

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