Reps reintroduce contentious National Roads Fund Bill

The Nation

Victor Oluwasegun, Abuja

The House of Representatives has reintroduced the contentious National Road Funds bill into the 9th Assembly.

The bill, which did not make it through in the 8th Assembly, was part of 26 bills which went through first reading on Wednesday.

The bill sponsored by two members Rep Okechukwu Toby and Nicholas Ossai caused consternation in the last Assembly over fears that it will add to the financial burdens of the common man and further traumatise the masses who have been already wringed dry by multiple taxes.

The idea behind the bill is to help in the funding, maintenance and administration of the road networks in Nigeria when established.

The technical committee on the review of the bill headed at the time by Chris Okoye had insisted that there is a need to garner at least N100 billion per annum for the NRF, through direct and indirect taxes on Nigerian road users.

The report of the committee was submitted to the House Committee on Works, which was incidentally headed by Rep Toby Okechukwu then.

Some of the technical committee's recommendation were:

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