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Reps: Bill seeking to regulate food vending businesses passes second reading

A proposed bill that aims to regulate the food vending industry in Nigeria has successfully passed its second reading in the House of Representatives.

The purpose of the bill is to create the Food Vendors Registration Council of Nigeria, which will be responsible for registering, training, and ensuring the safe operation of both raw and cooked food vending businesses in Nigeria.

The proposed legislation aims to prevent unauthorized bodies from collecting double taxation from members of the council.

Mohammed Monguno, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who represents the Monguno/Marte/Nganzai federal constituency of Borno state, is the sponsor of the bill.

While food vendors offer a convenient and accessible way to obtain food, there are risks involved due to unhygienic practices that may result in contamination and the transmission of foodborne illnesses.

Improper handling, storage, and preparation of food vending also pose significant health hazards to consumers.

Monguno stated during his opening argument that the primary objective of the bill is to oversee individuals who handle raw and prepared food for public consumption, and to ensure that proper hygiene is maintained during the storage and preparation of raw food.

He further explained that the council responsible for this oversight would be financially independent, relying solely on private funding to maintain stability.

After Femi Gbajabiamila, the presiding officer, conducted a voice vote, the bill was unanimously approved.