BILL seeking to remove railway from the exclusive legislative list and include it in the concurrent list yesterday scaled the mandatory second reading on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The Bill sponsored by Babajimi Benson representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency of Lagos State is titled ‘An act to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to provide that the Federal Government and State Governments shall have Concurrent Legislative Authority on Railway, and to Provide for Matters Related Thereto.’

Leading debate on the general principles of the Bill, its sponsor said when passed into law, the Bill shall alter the Second Schedule to the Constitution (as amended), Act (N0 24) 1999.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) is altered in the Second Schedule as set out below: (a) in Part 1, under the Exclusive Legislative List, delete Item 55, and (b) in Part 11, under Concurrent Legislative List, after paragraph 20, insert the following new Item; HA – Railway 20A.

“The National Assembly may make laws for the federation or any part thereof with respect to railways. 20B – A State House of Assembly may, subject to paragraph 20A hereof, make laws for that state or any part thereof, with respect to railways,” he said.

He explained the Bill if passed into law will not only create jobs for unemployed youths but also improve the movement of goods and services at the state and local government level.

Members at plenary unanimously agreed that the Bill be read a second time after a robust debate on its general principles.


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