The House of Representatives has urged the Nigerian government to urgently adopted holistic plans for effective funding of HIV management in the country.
This was in motion on the need to evaluate the effect of withdrawal of HIV funding, unanimously adopted at the plenary.
Presenting the motion, Mr. Sergius Ogun from Edo State, who expressed concerns that Nigeria, has the second highest HIV rates in the world after South Africa, stressed the need for government to effectively evaluate the withdrawal of HIV funding by international donors.
The lawmaker noted the need for the government to increase HIV response, especially with regard to funding , following the withdrawal of international donors.
Meanwhile, the House has proposed stringent measures to protect intellectual property in the country.
This includes increased penalties for contravention of the copyrights act.
Already, a bill for an act to amend the copyright act 2004 scaled through second reading in the House on Tuesday.
Leading the debate on the bill, Mr Bede Eke said the activities of the copyright have affected the intellectual enhancement of the original producers of such works, as well as the economic growth of the country.
The lawmaker said when the act is amended, those involved in the copyright violations would be punished.