Aminat Isah

The Executive Secretary, Nigerian Shippers Council (NSC), Mr Hassan Bello, says the news making rounds that President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to the National Transport Commission Bill 2018 is untrue.

He disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday stating that the president only requested adjustment in the safety regulations section of the bill which was added by the National Assembly.

“The president didn’t declined the bill, he only said that some sections should be corrected and should be brought back to him for assent which we have done.”

He said the President had earlier noted that some sections of the Bill contained safety regulations that would duplicate the functions of existing transport agencies like NPA and NIMASA which should be expunged from the bill.

He noted that the president equally requested for a reduction in the percentage of royalties collected and retained by the agency under section 19 (2)(d) from 10 to five per cent.

“Section 19 (2)(f) which stipulates charge of three per cent freight tariff stabilisation fee on all imports and exports out of Nigeria including wet and dry cargoes should be amended and reduced from three per cent to one per cent.

“Section 12 (9)(2)(d) stipulates that a portion of the proceeds from royalties collected by the authority empowered to collect royalties from transport service providers should not exceed 10 per cent which is collected by service providers and concessionaires which is contained in NSC legislation.”

He further said the bill would be taken for ascent after all necessary adjustments have been made.

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