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Breaking: Buhari refuses to ratify waterways, tourism bills

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President Muhammadu Buhari has refused to ratify the Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority Bill, 2019 sent to him by the National Assembly.

TheNewsGuru (TNG) reports President Buhari’s refusal was contained in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by Senate President Bukola Saraki on Tuesday.

The bill is for an Act to Repeal the National Inland Waterways Authority Act CAP N47, LFN 2004 and to Enact the National Inland Waterways Act.

It will provide for the management, regulation and development of the National Inland Waterways and to promote Private Sector participation in the development of National Inland Waterways in Nigeria and for other related matters.

Recall the Senate had in March 2017 inaugurated a joint technical committee on transport sector reform bills that includes the Inland Waterways Authority Bill.

The Senate made the passage of the bill, which will serve to develop the inland waterways transport system, a critical aspect of its legislative agenda.

“These bills if passed in our view, will help us modernize and expand our transport sector infrastructure.

“There are already subsequent NASSBER report suggesting that these bills alone can help add 87,000 new jobs annually for the next 5 years, with an income growth average of 7%,” Saraki said at the inauguration of the joint technical committee on the transport sector reform bills.

TNG reports President Buhari also refused to assent the Nigeria Tourism Development Authority Repeal and Enactment Bill, 2019.

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