A bill which sets a six-month imprisonment for individuals who jumps queues in public places, scaled the second reading at the House of Representatives.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Abubakar Aamuda-Kannike of APC, Kwara State, is proposed to ensure that discipline is instilled in Nigerians and to engender orderliness in Public Places.
According to Mr. Aamuda-Kannike, “The bill underscores the need to re-awaken a derailed national culture by proposing disciplinary measures to guide Nigerians in their daily behaviours.
“In our society today, out of total disregard for other persons, who strive to do the right thing by conducting themselves orderly in public places, a large number of Nigerians distort queues and go unpunished.
“The bill if passed shall provide a starting point of value and cultural re-orientation in Nigeria,” the lawmaker said.
He expressed optimism that the bill if passed, would enable future generations of Nigerians have a more sane society that would help to shape morals, principles and respect for each other in addition to adequate awareness on what constitute nationhood.
He decried the prevailing level of corruption, indiscipline, disrespect to elders and the rule of law in the country.
I’d have to heave a sigh of relief if this is finally passed. I wouldn’t have to see 20 persons coming from nowhere to stand in my front at the banking halls anymore in the guise of being there before me.
To punish a Nigerian, tell him to stand in an Indian file till it gets to his turn. In a blink of an eye, he is already scheming his way to the front of the queue.
The bill was passed for a second reading, after the debate in the house, through a unanimous vote.
Next time you come to a public place, you’ve got to be careful. The bill may have been passed without you knowing and you’d have a six-month stretch behind bars.