Lawmakers of the Adamawa State House of Assembly on Friday at a special sitting passed a bill which will enforce free basic healthcare services to unemployed persons under the age of 20 and pregnant women in the state.
The bill also provided free basic healthcare services to children below five, disabled indigent persons and elderly persons above 65 years.
The bill is the amended Adamawa Health Insurance Law No. 7 of 2011.
Passage of the bill followed the presentation of the report on the bill at the plenary by the Chairman House standing Committee on Health and Human Services, Hamidu Sajo of Yola North Constituency.
After deliberation on the report, Sajoh moved motion for its adoption and was seconded by Yahya Isa of Maiha Constituency.
The House Majority Leader, Hammantukur Yettisuri moved for the bill to be read for the third time and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Muhammad Mutawalli.
The Speaker of the House, Aminu Iya Abbas who presided over the plenary put the motion for the bill passage into voice vote and it was unanimously supported by the lawmakers present.
The speaker then directed the clerk of the House to prepare a clean copy of the bill and send to the executive for the Governor’s assent.
Also at the Friday plenary, the house passed a resolution requesting that henceforth lawmakers be involve by the executive in the preparatory stage of annual budgets.
The resolution followed a motion to that effect by Abubakar Isa of Shelleng Constituency who lamented that there was no inputs from lawmakers who are representative of the people during budget preparations.