NEWS AND UPDATES

SPEECH DELIVERED BY SENATOR ‘GBENGA B. ASHAFA, CHAIRMAN JOINT SENATE COMMITTEE ON LAND TRANSPORT, MARINE TRANSPORT AND AVIATION AT THE INNAUGURATION OF THE TECHNICAL COMMITTEE ON THE NATIONAL TRANSPORT COMMISSION ESTABLISHMENT (NTC) BILL 2016 (SB.242). HELD TUESDAY THURSDAY 2ND JANUARY, 2016.

On Tuesday, 6th December, 2016, the Senate Joint Committee on Land Transport, Marine Transport and Aviation held its public hearing on the Nigerian Transport Commission Bill, which had in attendance most of us here present.

From our understanding of the Nigerian Transport Commission Bill, THE FOCUS OF THE COMMISSION when established would be to:

1. Promote transport policies;
2. Regulate the transport industry;
3. Protect the rights and interests of service operators and users in Nigeria;
4. Provide mechanisms for monitoring compliance of government Agencies and transport operators in the transport industry;
Create enabling environment for private sector participation in the provision of services in the transport.

Having received memoranda from over 30 different interest groups and sector professionals on the merit of establishing an independent regulator for the entire transport sector, it was agreed that in order to place our best foot forward in terms of legislating this body, it would be pertinent to have a technical committee comprising of those more knowledgeable about the sector.

While we have now moved beyond the point of considering whether or not the establishment of such a commission is necessary, I believe we are now at the point where we fine-tune the modalities of establishing the Nigerian Transport Commission and its scope of operation in our transport landscape. This is why we have called on you.

As I conclude, we must remember that the ultimate goal is not just to establish a commission, but to improve the quality of life of fellow Nigerians by improving the quality of service delivered by our transport operators.

Therefore, we call on you as sector professionals to consider this as a call to service.

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