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

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There will be an option of five hundred thousand naira.

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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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