Reps Inaugurates Technical Committee On Railway, Transport Commission

June 11, 2016

By Agbo-Paul Augustine

— Jun 11, 2016 4:09 am

The House of Representatives has inaugurated a Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill 2015 and the National Transport Commission Bill 2015.


Inaugurating the committee yesterday in Abuja, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Land Transport, Engr. Aminu Sani Isa said the Technical Committee is a bold step by the House in joining hands with critical stakeholders in assuring that Nigeria changes through the passage of reformative laws that would open the transportation industry to wider participation.


He said that at the public hearing of the two bills, over 20 memoranda were received from stakeholders reflecting a depth of passion and a desire by Nigerians for a change in the transport sector.


Isa expressed sadness that for over 55 years of independence, the nation has no railway system of any note.


He noted that the transport sector failed to grow with Nigeria because of inherent structural problems and other factors.


While billions of tax payers’ money had been spent on railway by successive regimes, the Nigerian Railway Corporation according to Isa still needs more funds for which government has realised that the private sector must be actively engaged.


“The Nigerian Railway Authority Bill 2015 seeks to repeal the existing Nigerian Railway Corporation Act and enact the Nigerian Railway Act. It creates the Nigerian Railway Authority as a successor in title to the Nigerian Railway Corporation. It recognises the National Transport Commission as the independent economic regulator for the railways, while retaining the technical and safety regulation in the Nigerian Railway Authority.


It also recognises the power of State governments to develop railways.


The National Transport Commission Bill 2015 seeks to establish a single multi modal economic regulator for the transport sector to be known as the National Transport Commission, to provide a mechanism for monitoring compliance of government agencies and operators in the regulated transport industry with the relevant legislation and to advise government on matters relating to regulated transport industry economic regulation,” Isa said.


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