Nasarawa Governor, Al-Makura, signs anti-stigmatisation law

Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor
Umaru Tanko Al Makura, Nasarawa State Governor

The governor of Nasarawa State has signed a bill prohibiting discrimination against people livings with HIV and AIDS.

Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has signed the bill prohibiting discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS into law.

Mr. Al-Makura, who signed the bill into law in Lafia on Tuesday, stressed the need to show people living with the condition love and affection.

“We must not forget that despite their condition, people living with the condition are an integral part of our society.

“Like any of us, they make enormous contributions to the development of our communities.

“There is, therefore, no basis to disown them. We should all show them love, affection and understanding at all times,” he said.

The governor also signed five other bills into law.

He noted that the speed with which all the bills were considered was in consonance with the urgency the administration attached to all issues of socio-economic development of the state.

He, therefore, called on the people of the state to continue to maintain peace and harmonious co-existence with one another for its socio-economic development.

“I need to reiterate that no meaningful development can take place in an atmosphere of rancour and skirmishes,” he added.

Mr. Al-Makura pointed out that the recent communal clashes in some parts of the state were not only regrettable but had caused setbacks in the government’s development efforts.

He urged all to sheathe their swords and embrace peace for the good of all, adding that it was the only way to meaningful development.

He equally renewed his commitment to the provision of selfless and people-oriented leadership to the people of Nasarawa State.

(NAN)