president Muhammadu Buhari has signed into law the bill establishing the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC). The agency, which has been in charge of disease surveillance, preparedness and control in Nigeria, was established in 2011 and has been in existence without any legislative backing. The status quo however changed on Tuesday when the president appended his signature to the bill and empowered the agency to carry out its mandate in disease control. The executive director of NCDC, Chikwe Ihekweazu, in a press statement made available said the new Act which will establish NCDC as a full-fledged parastatal and will also ensure that its valuable work is sustained and supported. Mr. Ihekweazu, who expressed his appreciation to the president for his support in the passage of the Executive Bill, said the Bill will provide Nigerians with an institute that has the capacity to ensure the country’s health security. Mr Ihekweazu said with the passage of the Bill establishing Nigeria’s national public health institute, the Federal Government of Nigeria has shown its commitment in ensuring Nigerians are well protected from the public health threat of global emerging infectious diseases.