Abia State: Governor Otti Seeks Restoration of Rail Transportation in Eastern Nigeria

Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti has lamented the lack of of rail infrastructure in the Southeast. The governor said there is need for the restoration of rail transportation services in the region, as this will help not only reduce the commuting challenges in the region but also boost its economy.

Governor Otti stated this on Wednesday when he met with officials of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), Eastern District, who came paid him a visit Governor Otti noted that rail used to be the most viable means of transportation in the country but suddenly disappeared in the last three decades.

He promised that Abia would support the corporation to function in the state and requested that they continue to update him with developments regarding the on-going rehabilitation of the rail tracks in the state.

The Governor pledged to address the request for rail security and further engage the people on the need to protect and safeguard railway installations in their localities. He warned that any person caught engaging in vandalization of railway tracks would be dealt with.

Earlier, the railway District Manager, Mr. Modibbo Mohammed, who led the team, said their visit was to brief the Governor about the on-going rehabilitation of the railway tracks from Port Harcourt to Aba.

Modibbo stated that the first phase of the laying of new rail tracks, covering 63kms from Port Harcourt to Aba, would be completed by the end of this year while the second phase from Aba to Umuahia would be delivered in the first quarter of 2024.

He solicited the support of the Governor in tackling the issue of vandalization of the rail tracks stacked in some locations in the state. He appealed for a patrol vehicle to assist them in security.

Mr. Modibbo said that the railway services when fully operational would create jobs for the youths as well as provide alternative means of transportation to the populace. He commended the Governor for the massive infrastructural development witnessed in the state within his short time in office.

The governor, after the assumption of office, has embarked on a comprehensive reconstructing of the State’.

He told the people of the state after taking over from Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, that he will do everything within his power to make Abia State the envy of all states in Nigeria through economic, and welfare policies.

SOURCE: Independence

IMAGE: Global times

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