The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has denied allegations of offering $10 million bribe to members of the House of Representatives for the passage of the controversial ‘Infectious Diseases Control Bill 2020″.
The spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere, had on May 4, 2020, issued a press assertion through which he alleged that the House and its management had acquired a monetary inducement to the tune of $10 million to rush the passage of the controversial bill. Some Nigerians went forward to forward that second richest man on the earth, Bill Gates, was behind the monetary inducement.
The House of Representatives final week arrange an investigative panel headed by Henry Nwawuba to examine the allegation and expose the folks behind the alleged report that the House acquired a ten million US Dolar ($10m) to pass the Infectious Disease Control Bill 2020.
In a letter signed by its Director, Nigeria Country Office, Paulin Basinga, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation acknowledged that it has nothing to do with any alleged monetary inducement to the lawmakers relating to the stated bill or every other factor. The letter which was addressed to the Chairman of the Adhoc Committee investigating the allegation and copied to the Speaker, House of Representatives, categorically acknowledged that Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation believes that each one lives have equal worth and that everybody deserves to lead a wholesome productive life.
“The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has just lately been made conscious of an allegation circulating in sure parts of the Nigerian media that the Foundation was concerned in a cost purportedly made to the Nigeria House of Representatives. Any such allegations are fully false and with out advantage.
To be clear, the Foundation has not provided any monetary incentives to any member of Nigeria’s legislative department for the passage of laws nor has it provided any grants to organizations in Nigeria in reference to the identical. The Foundation adheres to strict moral and authorized tips throughout all areas of its operations,” the letter learn partly
The bill which is being sponsored by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, seeks amongst different issues, to empower the Minister of Health to convert any constructing into an Isolation heart throughout a pandemic or well being disaster whereas the police would have the ability to arrest any particular person affected by an infectious illness with no warrant. The bill has been greeted with stiff opposition.
Members of the House will within the coming weeks conduct a public listening to on the bill to have the enter of Nigerians earlier than additional deliberations.