The Rivers State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has commended the present Federal Government over what it described as the revolution in the country’s railway system, even as it lauded the efforts of the Minister for Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi in returning life to the sector.
In a Statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the Rivers State chapter of the APC, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze and made available to newsmen, the Party expressed satisfaction with the performance of the present administration in the rail sector.
“after due consideration of the massive rail-line projects nationwide under the present APC led Federal Government, Rivers APC congratulates President Buhari and resolved to rename the APC Leader in the Niger Delta region, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, erstwhile Governor of Rivers State and the incumbent Minister of Transportation, MR RAILWAY of Nigeria.”
“If the plan by the Minister of Transportation to link all the State capitals in Nigeria with rail lines is not a revolution, the party wants to be educated on what revolution is all about?”
“Amaechi has proved that he is not only a patriotic Nigerian but a leader whose leadership acumen is tested and well proven. Replicating most of his feats in Rivers State at the national level demonstrates that the future of our country is still very bright if true leaders who are committed to the greatness of our country are entrusted with leadership positions.”
The party listed some of Mr. Amaechi’s achievements to include:
“A contract agreement worth US$11.117bn for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar coastal railway line in Nigeria, concluded and awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) to cover Port-Harcourt, Calabar, Uyo and Aba and expected to be ready within 2 years. Additionally, when completed, the proposed coastal railway line in Nigeria will link all sea ports. The project is also expected to create business hubs meant for commercial activities.”
“Knowing Amaechi and his prudent management of public funds, this project initially awarded at a cost of US$11.917bn by the administration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was negotiated down to US$11.117bn, thereby saving millions of Naira for our country.”
“Nigeria’s first high speed rails system of 186.5 km standard gauge track built by the China Railway Construction Corporation with double lines, which connects federal capital territory Abuja and northern commercial capital Kaduna had begun commercial operations as President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated operation on July 27, 2017.”
“The Abuja-Kaduna route, with nine stations and travelling capacity of 150km per hour with standard gauge rail lines covering a travelling distance of over 3,421 kilometres when completed would pass through Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ogun, Benin, Abuja, Kogi, Onitsha and Sokoto, among other states.”
Continuing, he informed that the Federal Government would soon take delivery of 17 new coaches and locomotives between now and December to boost rail transportation across the country.