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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, September 29, commissioned the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Agbor-Warri railway project virtually.
He named the newly constructed railway complex in Agbor after former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The event took place at the Agbor station of the rail line which was named after former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari urged Nigerians to support his administration’s drive for the provision of infrastructure.
He stated that maintenance and safety culture is necessary for such facilities.
The president also urged stakeholders in the iron and steel sector and agricultural sectors to maximize the benefits
”which will be available in your doorsteps.”
Special Assistant to the President on New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, on his Twitter handle, @toluogunlesi, quoted the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as announcing the president’s decision.
“President @MBuhari has approved the naming of the Railway complex in Agbor – the operational hub of #ItakpeWarriRail Line – after former President @GEJonathan. It will be known as Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station & Complex,” Ogunlesi tweeted.
Today’s Commissioning is of the #ItakpeWarriRail Line and the Railway Ancillary Facility Yard.
The Facility Yard combined with the Station in Agbor are known as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex.
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) September 29, 2020
According to This Day,
Buhari’s decision to name the complex after Jonathan appeared to be a further appreciation of the
former president’s peaceful nature which manifested in his unilateral decision to hand over power to him in 2015.
The president had at different fora acknowledged and commended the former president for his uncommon gesture.
Speaking during the test run of the facilities, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi,
“It was named after Goodluck Jonathan and the President approved it. Agbor station, the yard and the facilities was
named after president Jonathan.”
On the project commissioning, Amaechi said:
“It is the duty of the ministry to convince the Presidency that we are ready for commissioning, I won’t commission,
it is the president that will commission but we are thinking about virtual commissioning.”
He expressed satisfaction with the quality of work.
“When you see a good job, don’t ask questions. The camera will show that this is a good job, this is the
Goodluck Jonathan Agbor Station which incorporates the railway facilities. Both Julius Berger,
CCECC and Team have all done a good job.