By Patience Danjuma
The Senate on Thursday passed the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill amid clause by clause consideration of the Bill.
The National Transport Commission was sponsored for the first time in 2008 but could not be passed till the end of the assembly due to the complex nature of the bill.
The current version of the Bill was sponsored by Senator Andy Uba and was read for the second time on the floor of the Senate on the 7thof October, 2015 after which the Senate referred the Bill to the Joint Senate Committee of Land Transport, Marine Transport and Aviation Transport Chaired by Senator Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos East Senatorial District.
Commenting on the passage of the bill by the Senate, Ashafa expressed delight over the passage of the Bill having worked assiduously with other members of the committee and stakeholders to ensure that the best possible version of the bill is passed into law.
Ashafa said, “The National Transport Commission bill when signed into law is capable of setting the transport sector on the path of positive development. “With this bill, we would successfully create a multi-modal transport sector economic and safety oversight regulator for the transport sector. This is very good for business as it brings standard and structure to the transport sector while also increasing the revenue of Government.”
He explained that the Joint Senate Committee worked with the understanding that this is one of the priority Economic Bills of the eight Senate and therefore ensured that all imputes from stake holders were considered and the best possible version of the bill was presented to the Senate.
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