Why NA will pass metallurgical bill –Adegbite

Mr Olailekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, the ministry is making effort to ensure that the Metallurgical Bill is passed into law before  the end of  the Ninth Assembly.

Adegbite made this known during the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in .

He said that the ministry had drafted another metallurgical bill with the support of relevant stakeholders that soon be received by the National Assembly.

He said it became imperative to draft another metallurgical bill as the initial bill drafted was rejected by the National Assembly.

“The initial metallurgical bill drafted was sent to the National Assembly and there was public hearing on the bill but the  Nigerian Society for Engineers (NSE) objected the bill and it was returned to the ministry.

“The ministry and other relevant stakeholders met and drafted another bill that is currently going through process from the ministry to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and other sources.

“Hopefully, this bill be passed into law before the Ninth Assembly tenure expires,” he said,

NAN recalls that the initial metallurgical bill drafted spent mor than a decade on the floor of the National Assembly.

If the bill is passed into law, it control the excesses of steel manufacturers or steel producers, as well as curb both economic and losses in the industry.

Presently, without the bill, little or nothing could be done to cater health, safety, environmental conditions and general welfare of in the industries who were exposed to industrial hazards.

The bill is to minimise loss of revenue that the country continues to suffer due to non regulation of the sector.(NAN)