Buhari NASS fully committed to President's vision for transport sector - Ashafa

Ashafa stated the commitment of NASS to the success of the president's vision on transport.

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Senator Gbenga Ashafa

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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 15 National Council on Transportation themed "Efficiency of Inter-Modalism in Transportation; Panacea for Economic Recovery" which took place in Sokoto on August 30, 2017.

The summit had in attendance the Honourable Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Alhaji Sabiu Zakari, and heads of agencies and departments under the ministry.

Also in attendance were the hosts, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and His Eminence, Muhamadu Sa'ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto.

In his goodwill message, Senator Ashafa 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 foregoing early and immediately set to work in laying the foundation for synergy in the Transport Landscape of Nigeria.

"First, we 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 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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