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Fashola calls for harmonisation of highway laws

07 December 2016, 07:04

Abuja – Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has called for harmonisation of Federal Highway laws in order to reduce governance costs.

He said under current arrangements, there were many conflicting laws, which was costly.

Fashola stressed there was need to institutionalise the existing infrastructural laws to pave way for collaborative efforts from all stakeholders.

This, he said, would also lead to maintenance of existing infrastructure.

He however pointed out legislative instruments were underway to normalize the situation.

The Bills for public hearing are An act to Repeal the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency Act 2007 and to Re-Enact the Federal Roads Authority Bill, 2015.

There is a Bill for An Act to establish the Infrastructure Development Commission, the Repeal of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission and the Re-Enated of Public Private Partnership (PPP) Regulatory Commission and A motion on the Need for the Establishment of Toll Gates on Federal Highways.

Also read: Lagos-Ibadan express road ready soon– Minister

Fashola said awareness must be created and people be properly informed that roads started depreciating from the day they were built.

“As such it is important to enact laws that will guarantee the life span of the Federal roads.”

Fashola was speaking at a public hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Works at the National Assembly.

The event was to welcome public participation in legislative processes.

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, declaring the public hearing open, reiterated the importance of public hearing to National Assembly as it will afford the public the opportunity to contribute to law making.

– CAJ News

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