Private sector chiefs and captains of industries in Nigeria have been told to avail themselves more of the opportunity provided at Public Hearings to make imputs to laws billed for amendments, replacement or outright repeal as might affect their areas of operation.
The Speaker House of Representatives, The Rt.Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila stated this today (Tuesday) at such a Hearing with the Aviation Minister and heads of Agencies under the ministry.
The Speaker who noted the scanty number of private sector operators in the sector at the Hearing said the idea of the exercise is to give relevant stakeholders the opportunity to be part of the review process.
Gbajabiamila frowned at the practice where the Private Sector keeps away from Public Hearings only to start grumbling when the laws considered have been reviewed and re-enacted.
The Speaker was of the view that given the important role the Aviation sector is assuming in improving national economy, the private sector, as its main driver should be seen and heard clearly when legislation needed to amend laws relating to the growth of the industry are discussed.
The Speaker assured stakeholders at the Hearing of Parliament’s willingness to provide legislative support to Amendments of laws through aggregation of stakeholders’ views to keep them in tandem with present realities.
In his presentation on the occasion, Aviation Minister Hadi Sirika hinged the need to review the Acts of the six Agencies not only on bringing them up to date with development in international civil aviation, but also removing regulatory powers from Service provider agencies.
The review of the Acts according to the minister also seek to separate powers among the agencies and facilitate the upgrade of the National Civil Aviation Technology NCAT to a degree awarding institution, involves outright repeal and re-enactment of some of the laws and amendments in parts. ##ENDS.