The much talk about transport sector reform amendment bill 2018 championed by the chairman, House committee on transportation in the Lagos state House of assembly, Hon Adewale Temitope was finally laid before the house during plenary under the firm leadership of the Rt. Hon Speaker, Dr. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa on monday.
The bill which seeks to provide a harmonious law for all parts of the transport sector in Lagos state in other to have a clearer and focused framework for transport operation enjoyed a robust deliberation and contribution of the Honourable members during the plenary session and scaled through the first and second reading successfully.
You will recalled that, the House of Assembly through the committee on transportation had organized a one day Public Hearing ably led by the Intelligent and Resourceful Hon. Temitope Adewale and the LV outstanding members of the Committee precisely on the 30th of September 2020. In which all the transport sector stakeholders in the state were invited for deliberations. Their observations, suggestions and views were taken into consideration and consolidated by the members of the Transportation Committee of the house.
The contribution and the amendment of the public hearing therefore formed the basic ingredients for the consolidation of the bill which had in it, introduction of new regulations that would address the spate of accident, indiscriminate parking and unhealthy use of the road, and also addresses the penalties for flagrant abuse of the traffic laws of the state.
Hon Adewale Temitope while presenting the bill on behalf of the committee appreciated the speaker, Rt.Hon Obasa for for the privilege given to examine the transport sector law, and for his nod towards it’s complete overhauling. He also thanked him for the confidence he reposed in the committee to do justice to the bill.
He stated that, the proposed amendment bill will introduce reform in road traffic, Transport Sector and the various Laws that were consolidated in 2018 such as The Lagos State Road Traffic Law; Road Traffic Regulations; The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority Law; The Vehicle Inspection Service; The Lagos State Inland Waterways Authority Law; The Lagos State Parking Authority Law; The Lagos State Drivers’ Training Institute Law; Lagos State Number Plate Production Authority and The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Law that were previously separated are all been harmonized under this amendment bill.
Before the bill was laid,Hon Adewale further added that, the amended bill would address the overlapping functions among the implementing agencies and ensure a clear cut functions with a view to strengthening the transportation sector of the State and give the state the desired result.
The bill is now before the house awaiting the third reading and consideration for passage into law. It is expected that, Lagos state transportation will witness a new lease of life when the bill finally becomes a law. More importantly, it will lay credence on the fact that, the youth can be very resourceful, dutiful and dedicated when given an opportunity to thrive.
Such is the result of Hon Temitope Adewale who in his first term in office took up the humongous task of daring the total overhauling of the transport sector law being the committee chair.
This wouldn’t have been made possible without the leadership quality of the Rt Hon Speaker Dr. Mudashiru Obasa who like Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu spots leadership abilities and qualities in the younger ones and decided to nurture and release for optimum result. This would challenge our youths that,opportunity for leadership will always come, but it’s left for them to be prepared to prove their worth when it shows up.