Discriminate against people living with HIV/AIDS, face five year jail term


There will be an option of five hundred thousand naira.


A jail term of five years might soon be handed down to anyone found discriminating against people living with HIV/AIDS in Ondo State.

This followed the passage of the anti-HIV bill by the state legislators on Friday.

At the plenary, members of the state Assembly unanimously passed the bill after it scaled through the second reading.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Bamidele Oleyelogun, who presented the bill before his colleagues, said there will be an option of N500,000 fine.

He said that people whose offences are considered grievous, will pay the fine and spend five years behind bars.

This is the first bill to be passed by the assembly two months after Jumoke Akindele emerged as the first female speaker of the assembly.

The House has since embarked on a two week recess to allow fourteen members attend a seminar in Tanzania.


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  • True Nigerian

    Jude, I happen to know you in person. And I am pleased to know that there are still voices of reason and sensitive minds amongst our own generation who didn’t even see the civil war. I thought you were only minding your lawyering job. But I am pleased to see this side of you – a ptariot and a nationalist.

    The truth is, Nigeria is on the way down! Maybe we can still save the country, if we show the urgency that the situation deserves. But the truth is that the prognosis is horrifying. Only few countries would be so unlucky to be having the kind of challenges that Nigeria is having now whilst also having the kind of dangerous leadership that it has now in government, opposition and even in our other nemesis – misguided sense of religion. Sometimes, it feels like a conspiracy, but it is not. It is just a new curve in our protracted trajectory to abyss. No one goaded Obasanjo to impose Jonathan and Yaradua on a delicate country like Nigeria. Nobody goaded Nigerians to endorse the 2007 rape by voting for it in 2011. And nobody goaded our opposition politicians to intractably make themselves look as horrendous as the leadership they are supposed to be opposing. Amidst all of that, Nigerians – the victims – are blinded by religion, ethnicism and a habit of sacrificing the future for a transient pleasure of just the next meal whilst also irretrivably sold out to an offering of senseless prayers at moments when they should be making pragmatic decisions and taking actions.