FG approves 8 draft bills on agric, transport, others


 …Forwards drafts to N’Assembly


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presid­ed over by President Goodluck Jonathan, has approved eight draft bills for the establishment of new Federal Government agen­cies and authorities in the transport sector.

The council devoted its time to discussing three major issues, the approval of the re­port of the cabinet committee on the transport sector reform draft bill, the approval of the draft for the establishment of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, and the ap­proval of the draft National Policy on Staple Crops Pro­cessing Zones.

These major initiatives, ac­cording to the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, constitute a major breakthrough in the ef­forts by the administration to continue to strengthen the var­ious sectors of the economy and of the society to continue to provide opportunities for Nigerians to raise quality of life and to deepen already ex­isting efforts by government to move the nation forward.

Abati, who briefed along­side the Ministers of Trade and Investment, Segun Agan­ga; Environment, Laurencia Laraba Malam; Agriculture and Rural Development, Akinwunmi Adesina; Trans­port, Idris Umar and Works, Mike Onolememen, said the draft bills are to be forwarded with immediate effect to the National Assembly for consid­eration and passage.

The transport sector bills are the National Trans­port Commission Bill (2015); National Roads Fund Bill and the Federal Roads Authority Bill.

The rest are Nigerian Ports and Harbour Authority Bill (2015); National Inland Wa­terways Authority Bill (2015) and Nigeria Railway Author­ity Bill (2015) as well as the Federal Competition and Con­sumer Protection Bill.

Speaking on the approved National Policy on Staple Crops Processing Zones, Gov­ernor Idris Wada of Kogi State, whose state was the pioneer state that set up a Staple Crops Processing Zone in Alape, Kabba Bunu Local Govern­ment Area of the state, ex­plained that he had earmarked 15 hectares of land for the project, which is expected to provide about 10,000 job op­portunities to people of the state.

According to him, “Kogi is the pioneer Staple Crop Pro­cessing Zone for cassava. We have cassava processing zone in Alape in Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area.

Source : SunOnline

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