By Austin Erameh
The Chairman, House Committee on Agriculture and Production, Hon. Mohammed Tahir Monguno has commended Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) on its on-going effort in ensuring effective and comprehensive implementation of the National Tobacco Control Act 2015 through a proposed amendment Bill to specific provisions of the Act.
Hon. Monguno made this commendation while receiving a civil society delegation working on tobacco control under the aegis of African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) led by Okeke Anya, Programme Manager, Democratic Governance, CISLAC, at his office in National Assembly Complex, Abuja.
He, however, scheduled another meeting to ensure full participation by Members of the Committee for exhaustive deliberations on the way forward to fast-track the passage of the amendment Bill.
“This is a very important visit that demands full participation by all Members of the Committee. We will schedule another meeting with Members to discuss the way forward on passage of the amendment Bill. CISLAC will be communicated on the chosen date,” the Chairman assured.
Earlier in his remarks, Anya acknowledged the continued support by the Committee in galvanising amendment to some specific provisions that will enhance comprehensive implementation of the Act.
He called on the Committee as a critical stakeholder to devise proactive strategy of mainstreaming Tobacco Control into the Committee’s overall agenda.
“The areas of interest for the Committee’s intervention include the issue bordering regulation and monitoring of activities of the tobacco industries to ensure strict compliance to the provisions of the Act,” the Programme Manager explained.