Following the passage of the National
Transport Commission Bill by the Senate on Thursday 15th of
March, 2018, the Senate on Wednesday 6thJune, 2018 passed the report
of the Conference Committee of the National Assembly on the National Transport
Commission Bill.

The Conference Committee, which was Chaired
by Senator Gbenga Ashafa representing Lagos East Senatorial District, was set
up by both chambers of the National Assembly with a view to harmonise the
differences between the versions of the Bill as passed by the House of
Representatives and the Senate respectively.

With the passage of the conference committee
report, which was first sponsored in the National Assembly in 2008,
stakeholders now eagerly await the transmission of the said bill to the
Executive arm of Government for the assent of His Excellency, President
Muhamadu Buhari.

While addressing the press after the passage
of the Bill by the Senate in April, Ashafa had stated that “the National
Transport Commission 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 stated further that, “The Joint Senate
Committee worked with the understanding that this is one of the priority
Economic Bills of the 8th 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.”


The National Transport Commission Bill when
signed into law is expected to create a multi-modal transport sector economic
and safety oversight commission, that will drive the National Transport Policy.