Bill aimed at protecting albinos passes second reading

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The House of Representative on Thursday in Abuja passed a bill to set up the National Agency of Albinism and Hypo-Pigmentation in the country, through a second reading.

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The bill is sponsored by Linus Okorie (Ebonyi-PDP).

Presenting the bill during plenary, Okorie said when established the agency would seek to ensure social and legal protection and to improve welfare of people living with albinism.

According to him, albinos were discriminated against, and in some parts of Africa they lived in fear of falling victim to ritual murder and their body parts use as muti.

He said international donor agencies would largely fund the agency, explaining that some of such agencies had already indicated interest in the programme.

Speaking, the Deputy Speaker of the house, Mr Yussuff Lasun, referred the bill to the Committee on Health Institutions and Services for further legislative actions.

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