FEC approves eight new executive bills for transmission to National Assembly

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved eight new draft bills aimed at raising the quality of lives of Nigerians for transmission to the National Assembly.

The bills will also seek to deepen the Federal Government’s efforts at transforming the economy.

The presidential spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, told State House correspondents that the Council approved the report of the cabinet committee on the Transport Sector Reform Draft Bills; the Draft Bill for the Establishment of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall; and the Draft National Policy on Staple Crops Processing Zones.

Abati said the initiatives were major breakthroughs and part of the efforts by the administration to strengthen various sectors of the economy and the society and to provide opportunities for Nigerians.

He said: “The following draft bills were approved: the National Transport Commission Bill 2014; the Nigerian Railway Authority Bill 2014; the Nigerian Ports and Harbour Authority Bill 2014; the National Inland Waterways Authority Bill 2014; the National Roads Fund Bill 2014; the Federal Roads Authority Bill 2014; the Nigeria Postal Commission Bill 2014; and finally you have the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Bill 2014.”

Abati said that the council, in addition, approved the draft bill for the establishment of the National Agency for the Great Green Wall, adding that all the bills would be forwarded to the National Assembly by the Attorney-General of the Federation.

He said that the Green Wall project was a major commitment of the administration to check desertification and land degradation in the frontline states, reduce social conflicts, enhance community capacity, create employment, alleviate poverty and enhance the livelihood of the people.

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