The Federal Executive Council, FEC, has approved a draft bill for the provision of legal framework for the Centre for Disease Control And Prevention in the country.
Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole who joined Information Minister Lai Mohammed to brief State House correspondents after the meeting said that the approval is in recognition of the centre’s performance in combating the outbreak of diseases in the country.
Wednesday’s FEC meeting was the first to be presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari since his return from medical vacation in the UK.
According to Adewole, the council is pleased with what the centre for disease control has done since its establishment in 2012, in checking Ebola, Lassa fever and other diseases.
He said that the Ministry of Health is expected to work with the National Assembly to work on the draft bill and come up with an act of parliament to give the centre legal backing.
Also during Wednesday’s FEC meeting, approval was granted for the establishment of the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council.
The council will be headed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, to assist the government in enhancing the performance of the industrial sector in the country.
Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelama said that membership of the council will comprise some ministers as well as members of the private sector in order to help to drive the economic recovery and growth plan of the present administration.
He said that it is the responsibility of government to provide the enabling environment for industries to thrive in partnership with the private sector, adding that the Industrial Council will provide the synergy for them to work together to achieve the objective.