The Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has urged the National Assembly to pass the Railway Bill.
Its National President, Alhaji Olayiwola Shittu said this would facilitate the transformation of the sector and help evolve a functional rail system that would answer the yearning of Nigerians.
“With the gridlock on Oshodi Apapa Expressway, it is not too much if we ask the National Assembly to pass the Railway Bill.
“The rail system is still epileptic because the National Assembly has failed to pass the Railway Bill into law, which could have wooed lots of investor into it. The passage is going to mark the beginning of making rail respond to the of the society and Nigerians. We want the government and the law makers to focus on it and we have no iota of doubt that it can be achieved,” he said.
Shittu further said the Federal Government had done the right thing by concession of the ports, which, according to him, has increased cargo and vessels throughput; improved their efficiency and created jobs for Nigerians.
But he bemoaned the dependence on trucks to ferry cargoes out of the ports.
He also said the ports regulatory policy had made a huge difference in operations, urging the lawmakers to facilitate the passage of the Bill to reposition the sector and boost the economy.—The Nation