Senate moves to establish Federal Road Authority

A bill to establish a Federal Roads Authority scaled second reading at the Senate on Wednesday.

The bill seeks to give the agency powers of ownership, regulation, management and development of federal roads networks.

Also, part of the intentions of the bill is to repeal the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) Act 2002, the Federal Highways Act, 1971 and the Control of Advertisement Act 1986.

The bill was passed by the eight National Assembly but President Muhammadu Buhari declined assent to it.

“The establishment of the road sector regulator as a separate and distinctive body in Part 6 of the bill is capable of rendering the entire technical workforce of the supervisory ministry redundant,” the president said as he gave his reasons for rejecting the bill.

“The supervisory…

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