Finally, The Tobacco Control Bill Receives Senate Approval

By Olatoyosi Onaolapo

The National Tobacco Control Bill, which was formally presented to the senate in 2009 was finally approved by the Senate for passage at its seating on Tuesday March 15th 2011, twenty five (25) months after its initial presentation to the Senate.

Without a doubt, this is a monumental victory for Nigerians, both young and old, especially minors, public health, tobacco control in Nigeria and for the Coalition Against Tobacco (CAT), which was instrumental to the initiation, creation, drafting, lobbying and followed through of this bill from the various plenary sessions debating the bill, to the public hearing and eventual approval for passage.

It is important to highlight the support that CAT received in the course of promoting this bill and at the two day public hearing defending the bill at the Senate in July 2009. Cats’ trustee, Hajiya Maryam Uwais, renowned Professor of Law,’ Yemi Osinbajo, SAN and Babatunde Irukera were all visible and vehement in their defense of the tobacco bill at the said Public hearing. WHO and CAT Honoree, Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar (Former FCT Minister) was also present at the public hearing to support CAT and enumerated his experience, in the course of implementing the declaration of a Smoke free FCT.

CAT’s January 2008 Abuja inauguration, served as the platform for Dr. Aliyu Modibbo Umar (then Minister of the FCT) to announce the declaration making the FCT smoke-free, effective June 2008.  He, at the event also sought the support and cooperation of the legislative arm of government, which was represented at the event by Senator Mamora (Sponsor of the tobacco bill and current Deputy Chief whip of the Senate) to enact and push for an effective bill regulating the tobacco industry’s’ excesses. Senator Mamora gave his assurances for the expedient passage of the bill, which we are today celebrating.

Professor Jibril Aminu (A member of the Senate Committee on health and respected former Minister of Petroleum in Nigeria), who is a former smoker himself, also supported the bill in no small way, the good professor identified that it was very imperative for the distinguished Senators to pass the bill and ensure its implementation because of its importance to the public health in Nigeria.

CAT finally wishes to celebrate and salute the courage, tenacity and sheer doggedness of the promoter of the National Tobacco Control Bill, Senator Olorunnimbe Adeleke Mamora, who worked tirelessly, despite daunting opposition to ensure that the passage of the tobacco control bill becomes reality.
ON BEHALF OF THE COALITION AGAINST TOBACCO (CAT)

OLATOYOSI ONAOLAPO
National Coordinator.
 

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CAT is a fraudulent group

It is appalling that the CAT is coming out at this time to suddenly claim glory for the passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill. For all too know, this is the group formed by the lawyers who instituted the tobacco litigation in Nigeria. The motive for instituting the same litigation now in the face of this blatant lie, deception, wickedness and sheer selfishness has put a very valid question mark on the litigation.

For introductions, I am a member of the Nigeria tobacco control alliance which also played a role in the passage of the bill. But the credit for the civil society lobbying of the bill goes to Environmental rights Action and Akinbode Oluwafemi.
For the records, CAT was created in 2007 with the sole aim of helping to burnish support for the litigation. All of a sudden, as the legislation progressed, CAT jumped on board and claimed ownership of the bill. How can CAT claimed to have initiated, written, drafted and lobbied the bill? What role did the sponsor of the bill play? Does it mean he didn’t initiate, create, draft and write his own bill
Now after the Public hearing, CAT did nothing in fact went to bed and didn’t remember that it had a bill in the Senate. But as soon as it was evident that the bill will soon be passed, it came again to now seize credit for what it knew absolutely nothing about. It is organisations like CAT and writers like Toyosi that desecrate the civil society.
This latest act is not only shameful to CAT, Toyosi and the sponsors, it is callous; it is devilish and totally corrupt. It could only have been conjured by a totally rich mind of corruption.
For the records, how many press statements has CAT issued calling for the passage of the bill? How many press conferences did it organise? How many articles did it write? Can CAT tell us the process that led to the passage of the bill by the senate?
Finally, Senator Mamora is there likewise are his principal staff and other members of the NA who worked on the bill, they can confirm if CAT ever did anything on the bill. Groups like CAT should be delisted in the estimation of honest, intelligent and moral personalities in this country.

CAT IS A

It is appalling that the CAT is coming out at this time to suddenly claim glory for the passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill. For all too know, this is the group formed by the lawyers who instituted the tobacco litigation in Nigeria. The motive for instituting the same litigation now in the face of this blatant lie, deception, wickedness and sheer selfishness has put a very valid question mark on the litigation.

For introductions, I am a member of the Nigeria tobacco control alliance which also played a role in the passage of the bill. But the credit for the civil society lobbying of the bill goes to Environmental rights Action and Akinbode Oluwafemi.
For the records, CAT was created in 2007 with the sole aim of helping to burnish support for the litigation. All of a sudden, as the legislation progressed, CAT jumped on board and claimed ownership of the bill. How can CAT claimed to have initiated, written, drafted and lobbied the bill? What role did the sponsor of the bill play? Does it mean he didn’t initiate, create, draft and write his own bill
Now after the Public hearing, CAT did nothing in fact went to bed and didn’t remember that it had a bill in the Senate. But as soon as it was evident that the bill will soon be passed, it came again to now seize credit for what it knew absolutely nothing about. It is organisations like CAT and writers like Toyosi that desecrate the civil society.
This latest act is not only shameful to CAT, Toyosi and the sponsors, it is callous; it is devilish and totally corrupt. It could only have been conjured by a totally rich mind of corruption.
For the records, how many press statements has CAT issued calling for the passage of the bill? How many press conferences did it organise? How many articles did it write? Can CAT tell us the process that led to the passage of the bill by the senate?
Finally, Senator Mamora is there likewise are his principal staff and other members of the NA who worked on the bill, they can confirm if CAT ever did anything on the bill. Groups like CAT should be delisted in the estimation of honest, intelligent and moral personalities in this country.

onaolapo, stealing from ceasar instead of giving what is due!!!

it is evident that what toyosi is coordinating is a coalition of thieves and robbers because if indeed it is the same tobacco bill that credible organisations around the country spearheaded by Environmental Rights Action Nigeria as far back as the 1990s'is the same bill toyosi's coalition inaugurated just january 2008 is claiming to have 'been instrumental. initiation, creation, drafting, lobbying and followed through of this bill from the various plenary sessions debating the bill, to the public hearing and eventual approval for passage.'..insrumental my foot!
where was CAT when

CAT is a fraudulent group

It is appalling that the CAT is coming out at this time to suddenly claim glory for the passage of the National Tobacco Control Bill. For all too know, this is the group formed by the lawyers who instituted the tobacco litigation in Nigeria. The motive for instituting the same litigation now in the face of this blatant lie, deception, wickedness and sheer selfishness has put a very valid question mark on the litigation.

For introductions, I am a member of the Nigeria tobacco control alliance which also played a role in the passage of the bill. But the credit for the civil society lobbying of the bill goes to Environmental rights Action and Akinbode Oluwafemi.
For the records, CAT was created in 2007 with the sole aim of helping to burnish support for the litigation. All of a sudden, as the legislation progressed, CAT jumped on board and claimed ownership of the bill. How can CAT claimed to have initiated, written, drafted and lobbied the bill? What role did the sponsor of the bill play? Does it mean he didn’t initiate, create, draft and write his own bill
Now after the Public hearing, CAT did nothing in fact went to bed and didn’t remember that it had a bill in the Senate. But as soon as it was evident that the bill will soon be passed, it came again to now seize credit for what it knew absolutely nothing about. It is organisations like CAT and writers like Toyosi that desecrate the civil society.
This latest act is not only shameful to CAT, Toyosi and the sponsors, it is callous; it is devilish and totally corrupt. It could only have been conjured by a totally rich mind of corruption.
For the records, how many press statements has CAT issued calling for the passage of the bill? How many press conferences did it organise? How many articles did it write? Can CAT tell us the process that led to the passage of the bill by the senate?
Finally, Senator Mamora is there likewise are his principal staff and other members of the NA who worked on the bill, they can confirm if CAT ever did anything on the bill. Groups like CAT should be delisted in the estimation of honest, intelligent and moral personalities in this country.

Which organisation is Coalition Against Tobacco?

This report by the said Toyosi is quite suspicious. I have followed developments around this bill and smoking issues in Nigeria for the last five years. Except if this is a fake report, it is an organisation called Environmental Rights Action that initiated the process of getting this bill passed. Sahara reporters pls do your homework well!

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Hello guys, I think that it

Hello guys, I think that it is either this group is beign sponsored by the tobacco companies to cause confusion or they are trying to take glory for other peoples job. I am aware that the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has been the main sponsor of this bill and the project started way back. We at the international community follow progress through their blog.

Besides it was also ERA/FoEN that nominated the said minister for the WHO award. The fact that this writer failed to mention a word about the content of the bill makes me think this is another Nigerian scam that want to profit from others sweat

Just google Nigeria National Tobacco Control Bill and you will be amazed. Also check Wikipedia 9aija sha!

Hello guys, I think that it

Hello guys, I think that it is either this group is beign sponsored by the tobacco companies to cause confusion or they are trying to take glory for other peoples job. I am aware that the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria has been the main sponsor of this bill and the project started way back. We at the international community follow progress through their blog.

Besides it was also ERA/FoEN that nominated the said minister for the WHO award. The fact that this writer failed to mention a word about the content of the bill makes me think this is another Nigerian scam that want to profit from others sweat

Just google Nigeria National Tobacco Control Bill and you will be amazed. Also check Wikipedia 9aija sha!

honestly i agree wit u, i am

honestly i agree wit u, i am at a total loss on wat d bill is all about.

haha

My sentiments exactly, I thought I was the only one who caught this. I had no idea what the Bill is all about and after reading this article, I still have no idea what the bill is about.

SaharaReporters please train your writers better. Send them to mandatory classes, this is not what a seminar or workshop can fix.

Public Health Is Winning - The Tobacco Control Bill

Many thanks to the CAT for seeing this Bill through. God bless you all.

The next fight is 'proper enforcement without compromise'. Please, let follow-up hard on this. We have all contributed to good health for Nigerians.

smoking in public

This is great, I hope they do something about smoking in public as well.
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SHAME ON NIG SENATE

its a shame to nigerian senate or should i say knock down taxies.american are going to the moon,nigerian senators are still delibrating on smoking yeye selfish people tsunami will soon visit them.barayi banza,ole buruku.

Very Bad Story

This is a very bad story. The highlights of the bill are missing and the reader is left asking what is there in the new bill that deserves the accolades on the people praised.

NOT IMPRESSED

Do NOTHING Senators who very quickly pass bills that enrich their already over bloated pockets.Its not on record that bills that benefit the common man have ever enjoyed smooth passage.

Where is the FOI Bill? What about the Petroleum Indusry Bill?

The day of reckoning is FAST approaching where you parasites will give account to Nigerians what you have done with your time in the Senate. Fools!