Gon. Dapo Abiodun Lauds FG On Resuscitation Of Ibadan-Abuja Narrow Gauge

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun says the resuscitation of the narrow gauge from Ibadan to Abuja when completed, will give investors, traders and the people of the country the opportunity to wheel cargo from Lagos to Kano state, hence, improving trade and commerce.

Prince Abiodun made this known at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, when he received the Minister of Transportation; Senator Saidu Alkali and some state Commissioners of Transportation in the country, who came for the 18th edition of the National Council on Transportation.

He commended the Minister for the bold steps taken to reposition the transportation sector in the country, saying the plan by the Federal Ministry of Transportation to resuscitate the Kaduna to Kano line would further open up the country for economic development.

Abiodun urged the Minister to ensure that industrial zones in the country were connected to reduce vehicular transportation.

“I am very glad about the laudable achievements under your watch. The initiatives that you are championing; the intervention you have sought from the Chinese to resuscitate the Kaduna to Kano line so that you will now have the connection, all the way from Lagos, Ogun, Ibadan, Abuja, Kaduna and Kano”, he said.

Earlier, Senator Alkali noted that the National Council on Transportation would address the National Transportation Policy which does not exist at the moment, adding that the Ministry had also submitted a draft recommendation for stakeholders to make their input for onward presentation and deliberation by the Federal Executive Council.

He disclosed that the Federal Government would soon commence the railway project from Ibadan to Abuja and Kaduna to Kano, stating that daily evacuation of about 90 containers had commenced at the Apapa Port Management Terminal (APMT) in Ibadan.

The Minister added that the Ministry would start freighting of goods by the end of the present quarter from the APMT to Kano State, saying it had entered into discussions with foreign investors to improve the transportation sector.