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SENATOR ASHAFA REINSTATES NATIONAL ASSEMBLY COMMITMENT TO PRESIDENT BUHARI VISION FOR TRANSPORT SECTOR

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Bamigbala Adekola

The Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has
stated that the National Assembly is committed to the success of President
Buhari’s vision for the transport Sector which would be beneficial to all
Nigerians. In his words, “Let me seize this August occasion to remind you
that the National Assembly is your partner, as we are fully committed to
ensuring the success of President Muhamadu Buhari’s vision for the
transport sector, for the benefit of all Nigerians.”

He made this statement at the just concluded 15th National Council on
Transportation themed *” Efficiency of Inter-Modalism in
Transportation;Panacea for Economic Recovery”* which took place in Sokoto
on 30th August, 2017. The summit had in attendance the Honourable Minister
for Transportation, Rt. Honourable Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, the Permanent
Secretary of the Ministry Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, heads of agencies and
departments under the ministry. Also in attendane were the hosts, His
Excellency Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State and His Eminence,
Muhamadu Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto.

In his good will message, the Senator highlighted the role of
transportation and logistics in the economy of the country stating
that, “transportation
sits at the heart of trade facilitation.”, and that the age of
intermodalism, the various modes of transportation in Nigeria have worked
at best without synergy.

He then identified the interventions of the National Assembly, in laying a
foundation for an intermodal transport sector in Nigeria as follows, “At
the National Assembly, particularly in the Senate Committee on Land
Transport, we discovered the forgoing early and immediately set to work in
laying the foundation for synergy in the Transport Landscape of Nigeria.
First, ensured the passage of the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill 2016,
which effectively opens up the rail sector to private participation.
Secondly we set to work on the more complex National Transport Commission
Bill, which seeks to create to create a multi-modal transport sector
regulator. It is our belief, that both Bills amongst others being worked on
by various committees’ of the National Assembly possess the capacity to
transform our transport sector and aide the switch to intermodalism in the
sector.”

In conclusion, Ashafa charged the council to ensure the implementation of
all the action points agreed upon throughout the period of the summit

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