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Nigeria: Lagos State Model City Plan Law

(May 11, 2009) It was reported on May 5, 2009, that as part of an effort to put an end to the rampant problem of the erection of unsafe buildings that do not meet city codes, the Governor of the Nigerian State of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola, signed the Model City Plan Bill into law. Speaking […]

Nigeria: Bill to Amend Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act

(Apr. 10, 2009) On April 1, 2009, the Nigerian Senate debated the Bill for an Act to Amend the Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, sponsored by Senator Sola Akinyede, which seeks to make the Independent Corruption and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) more efficient. If passed into law, this bill will allow […]

Nigeria: Anti-Tobacco Bill

(Apr. 8, 2009) It was reported on March 9, 2009, that the Tobacco Control Bill of Nigeria of 2009, currently under consideration on the floor of the Nigerian legislature, is under attack. The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries, Senator Kamorudeen Dedibu, argued that if the bill passes, it will lead to the loss […]

Nigeria: Bill on Democratizing Internal Political Party Procedures and Practices

(Apr. 7, 2009) It was reported on April 2, 2009, that a bill seeking to introduce internal democratic practices within the 50 registered political parties in Nigeria by regulating primary elections, congresses, and conventions was met with serious resistance by the country's major political parties. The bill was recently opened to a stakeholders' discussion in […]

Nigeria: Initiative to Regulate Hazardous E-Products

(Apr. 3, 2009) The Nigerian Senate recently passed resolutions urging federal agencies, including the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) and the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), to take the necessary steps to regulate the influx of hazardous, obsolete electronic devices and to find means of disposing of hazardous e-products already in Nigeria. […]

Nigeria: Appeal for Passage of Sanitation Bill

(Mar. 31, 2009) It was reported on March 24, 2009, that the Registrar of the Environmental Health Officers Registration Council of Nigeria, Augustine Ebisike, called for the passage of the Environmental Health Control and Enforcement Sanitation Act, which has been tabled in the National Assembly since 2003. Speaking about the causes of disease epidemics in […]

Nigeria: Discrimination Against the Disabled Outlawed

(Mar. 19, 2009) On March 9, 2009, the Nigerian Senate passed into law a bill outlawing discrimination against the disabled. This law, which was sponsored by Senator Bode Olajumoke of Ondo State, requires government and public organizations to make their premises accessible to the disabled. It states that “a public building shall be constructed with […]

Nigeria: Bill on Discriminating Against Persons Living with AIDS

(Mar. 10, 2009) It was reported on March 3, 2009, that a bill that makes discriminating against people living with HIV and AIDS a criminal offense is under consideration by Nigeria's House of Representatives. The bill underwent a second reading on March 2, 2009, and was referred to the Joint Committees on Human Rights and […]

Nigeria: Several States Adopt Laws on Kidnapping

(Feb. 23, 2009) On February 19, 2009, Nigeria's Enugu State House of Assembly unanimously passed into law a bill making kidnapping with the use of a gun a capital offense in the State, an offense that previously carried a ten-year prison sentence upon conviction. Under this new law, kidnapping without the use of a gun […]

Nigeria: Law on Annual Presidential State of the Nation Address

(Feb. 20, 2009) On February 19, 2009, the Nigerian Senate approved the Bill for an Act to Enshrine an Annual State of the Nation Address and Other Matters Concerned. The new legislation would compel the President of Nigeria to give a “state of the nation address” once a year, on the first day of the […]