THE Senate Committee on Land Transport, chaired by Senator Gbenga Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, has led the passage of the Nigerian Railway Bill of 2016, National Transport Commission Bill and the Labour Transportation Bill, to breakdown the railway sector into the regulatory and operations components.
Following this legislative stride, which is in line with international best practice and to create a level-playing field for private sector participation, works have commenced on Lagos-Ibadan segment of Lagos to Kano Standard Gauge Rail System and Calabar-Port Harcourt segment of Calabar-Lagos Standard Gauge Rail.
The bills also got approval for the new standard gauge rail line from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, passing through Enugu, Lafis, Makurdi, Gombe with branch lines to Owerri, Onitsha, Awka, Abakaliki, Yola, Jalingo and Damaturu among other projects.
According to one of Ashafa’s constituents, Mujeeb Lawal, “he has done well and we are ready to return him again in 2019.
“Just like Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said, defections will come and go, but a completed railway line by a committed administration endures forever.”