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NTC Act coming to revolutionize transportation in Nigeria—Ashafa

With the level of legislative inputs, the National Transport Commission (NTC) Bill, currently at its final stage, would change all the negative narratives associated with the Nigerian transport system. This was the submission of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transportation, Sen. Gbenga Ashafa in an exclusive interview with Business Hilights Bureau Chief in Abuja.

Explaining more during the 2nd Transportation Growth Initiative (TGI) International Conference in Abuja, the former Lagos State Director of Lands, aid that the leadership of the Senate was trying to reposition the sector through the bill, which will bring regulation to the transport sector.

The chairman said that when the bill is eventually passed into law it will establish a multi-modal transport regulator, which will regulate all the transport sub-sector.

According to him, “The Senate leadership in repositioning the Nigerian transport sector, one of the priority bills of the Senate is the National Transport Commission Bill, which the Joint Senate Committee on Land, Marine and Aviation transport.

“That I chair, has just concluded the work, all things been equal we expect to lay our report before the Senate this week.

“If we are doing all these and we don’t have legislative conducive environment you can operate in, it will all come to nothing.

Senator Ashafa averred that “We are going through the last stage of it, this week we must deliver that final report,” adding that the bill has gone through public hearing, while some green areas has being sorted out by the technical committee that comprises of all the stakeholders.

Giving more insights on the theme of the event, he said smart mobility is a foundation building blocks which include legislation, inter-modalism, multi-modalism, urban development, infrastructure, intelligence transport system, and intelligence traffic management system among others.