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President Buhari signs Police Academy, Animal Diseases Control Bills

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President Buhari signs Police Academy, Animal Diseases Control Bills

President Muhammadu Buhari has signed two bills recently passed by the National Assembly: the Nigeria Police Academy (Establishment) Act, 2021, and the Animal Diseases (Control) Act, 2022.

Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, confirmed this in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

The Animal Diseases Control Act, according to Shehu, repeals the Animal Diseases (Control) Act, Cap. A17 of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

In his words, “It enacts the Animal Diseases (Control) Act for the purpose of prevention, detection, control and eradication of infectious and contagious transboundary and zoonotic diseases, and prevention of antimicrobial resistance.

“This is through the control and regulation of the use and administration of veterinary biologics, veterinary medicinal products and chemicals in animals, animal products, medicated animal feeds, sales and distribution of pet foods, veterinary medical devices, other veterinary products, and for the enhancement of animal welfare and food safety.”

On the Nigeria Police Academy, Shehu said: “The Act establishes and provides legal framework for the Nigeria Police Academy, Wudil, Kano State, as a degree awarding institution to provide academic and professional training.”

Shehu revealed that the Academy would be headed by a Commandant not below the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police.

He said the Commandant “shall be appointed by the Police Service Commission on the recommendation of the Inspector General of Police as stipulated in Section 8 of the Act.”

Shehu disclosed that the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Representatives), Malam Umar El-Yakub, was at the State House for the signing of the bills.

President Buhari signs Police Academy, Animal Diseases Control Bills

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