There were indications that the road sector reforms bill which was expected to address the lingering bad road infrastructure across the country has been awaiting the assent of the National Assembly for the past forty years
With an estimated 194, 200 kilometres of roads in Nigeria; 34,120 kilometres are federal roads; 30,500 kilometres represents roads owned by states while 129, 580 kilometres belonged to the Local Government Areas.
To this end, the President of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Engr. Otis Oliver Anyaeji drew the attention of legislators to other pending Bills such as Water Resources Industry Bill, Metallurgical Industry, Iron and Steel development and Water Resources Industry laws.
Anyaeji who stated this in Abuja yesterday in a dinner organized by NSE in honour of engineers elected into the National Assembly, reminded the lawmakers on the need to revisit the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) law which was passed by the Seventh Assembly but was denied presidential assent.
He was optimistic that early passage of the laws would boost engineering activities in the country adding that there is a need to enhance local content in Nigeria’s infrastructural development under the Nigerian-Chinese bilateral agreement.
Anyaeji informed the legislators that the Metallurgical industry laws passed by the immediate past assembly lacked the ability to turn around the country’s fortunes by enabling large scale industrialization, hence the need for the lawmakers to consider the version submitted by the Society which has taken into cognizance such vital element.
He said the urgent review of the policy framework of the Water Industry Sector would provide portable water for domestic, industry and hydro power generation.
“We have carefully studied the existing water bill and therefore proposed amendment to the Act, and we are ready to work with the National Assembly on this” he stated.