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PMB signs animal disease control bill

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed two bills passed by the National Assembly.

A bill proposes to abolish the Animal Diseases Control Act of 2004, to prevent, detect, control, and eradicate infectious and contagious transboundary and zoonotic diseases.

The Bill also includes antimicrobial resistance prevention through the control and regulation of the use and administration of veterinary biologics, veterinary pharmaceutical products, and chemicals in animals, as well as animal products.

It also aims to regulate medicated animal feeds, pet food sales and distribution, veterinary medical devices, other veterinary products, and the improvement of animal welfare and food safety.

The Nigeria Police Academy Establishment Bill of 2021 was also signed by the President.

The Bill establishes and provides the legislative foundation for the Nigeria Police Academy in Wudil, Kano State, to operate as a degree-granting school and to provide academic and professional training.

According to the Bill, the academy will be led by a commandant with the rank of Assistant Inspector-General of Police, who will be chosen by the Police Service Commission on the suggestion of the Inspector General of Police, as specified in Section 8 of the Bill.

Reporting by Abdullah Bello; editing by Saadatu Albashir