Lawmakers demand constitution of National Council on Privatisation

The Nigerian House of Representatives has called for immediate constitution of the National Council on Privatisation to enforce government’s decisions on public assets.

This followed adoption of a motion calling for the constitution of the council.

Sponsor of the motion Ahmed Yarima from Bauchi State, expressed concern that the decisions on Privatisation made in respect of the Nigerian Railway Corporation, Airports in Abuja, Lagos, Port Harcourt and Kano, Re-Concession of National Iron Mining Company and approval of 2016 and 2017 budgets were made by BPE without the NCP in place to enforce the decisions.

“Sections 12 (1)- (2) and 13 of the Public Enterprises (Privatization and Commercialization) Act established the Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE charged with the responsibility of implementing the decisions of NCP, which is yet to be constituted.” Yarima argued.

The House also passed a bill to establish the Nigerian Academic of Science.

The move is to promote science development and dissemination of scientific knowledge to drive the country’s industrialization and economic growth.

The Nigerian Academy of Science was established in January 1977 as an association of Nigeria’s foremost scientists and presently has over two hundred scientists as members contributing positively to National Development through scientific research.

Source: Voice of Nigeria