The milestone achievements of former Rivers Governor and Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation has continued to attract accolades and commendations from people of goodwill, reputable organizations and corporate bodies within and outside the bounds of the Nigerian territory.
Upon assumption of office in 2015, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi folded his sleeves and swung into action, reviving the formerly moribund rail infrastructure across the country and putting them back on track with cutting edge technologies for the comfort of the commuting populace.
Today, thousands of kilometers of rail lines have been built and many more revamped, connecting major cities and towns for safer and secured transportation of human and goods to and from different parts of the country, creating jobs, generating revenue and improving the national economy.
His records in ports development are mind-blowing and exceeds the aggregate achievements of past administrations since 1999. This and many more has informed the very many meritorious award investitures on him by several renowned national and global Organizations on excellence, democracy and good governance.
The Warri–Itakpe standard gauge line connects the port city of Warri to Itakpe. With the completion of world class stations and the arrival of new coaches a few days ago, the 320 km standard guage rail line has began test runs and and is set to commence full operations.
Reacting to the development, erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New People’s Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Transportation Minister, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, for re-igniting public confidence in government by redoubling efforts to deliver on the promises made to Nigerians.
In a statement made available to media houses, the chieftain of the All Progressives Congress maintained that service delivery through infrastructural development remains a critical element of governance. He said the Transportation Minister has continued to maintain and rapidly expand investments in the very critical transportation sector to create jobs, offer support to the national revenue base and provoke economic fillip for national development.
Describing the feat as awesome, Chief Eze explained that the facility has a sizeable parking space at Itakpe so that vehicles can be arranged to pick and drop passengers to and from their destinations therefore, improving public transport connectivity and movement of cargoes along that route.
The party chieftain stated that this milestone feat will soon be commissioned by President Buhari and further emphasized that the Warri-Itakpe railway project is also designed to spark speedy rural development across regions and appealed to governments and corporate bodies to harp on the advantages of the project to enhance their business bounds, operation limits and strengthen the national economy.
With the very many feats recorded in the Transportation Ministry where Amaechi holds sway, the party stalwart said President Buhari has proved that he is the best President Nigeria has ever had not minding the opinions of some shortsighted and myopic groups. He further thanked Buhari and Amaechi for the soon to kickstart rail line from Abuja to Warri, another milestone achievement of the APC administration.
Congratulating Nigerians, the party chief said commuters will soon be able to journey from Abuja and arrive in comfort at Agbor or Warri through Uromi, Agenebode, Auchi, Itakpe, Okene, Ajaokuta and others through train.
Similarly, the approval of the naming of the Central station of the Warri – Itakpe Rail Line in Agbor after former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan is another milestone achievement and a big plus to Transportation Minister and the people of the Niger Delta.
Reacting to the approval, Chief Eze again, described the Transportation Minister as a trailblazer, a thoroughbred in the art of public service
and personification of good governance whose impacts has raised the bar of public opinion about government on a positive note.
The party chief said Amaechi has remained as constant as the northern Star in his determination and drive to deliver dividends of good governance and offer hope of a better country to the Nigerian public.
Having made the people of the Niger Delta proud, Eze called on leaders of the region to unite, project a common front, work symbiotically and rally round Amaechi and give him the necessary boost to attract even more infrastructural development and turn the fortunes of the Deltans, the Riverns, the Bayelsans etc. for the better.
Chief Eze commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his confidence on Amaechi and emphasized need to always reward competence on the ground of meritocracy, stressing that the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Complex will only spur the Transportation Minister to speed up effort to achieve more for the collective good of all Nigerians.
The party chief emphasized that Amaechi has so far delivered and in fact, exceeded the mandate of his office and has continued to work tirelessly to bring about an unimaginable and extensive transformation to the country’s rail and ports sub-sector’s conceptual structures.
Eze described the acknowledgement by the former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan for this kind gesture as heartwarming and quoted him as stating: ‘Let me use this opportunity to commend Mr President publicly. I have already sent a letter to him appreciating the good gesture. Completing the railway programme is good. It shows that the president is doing on with the project legacies of previous administrations, and that is the way to go. So, I sent a letter to him, I’ve commended him verbally too. I appreciate it, I thank Mr President, the Minister of Transportation and others that made it possible”
The railway complex in Agbor is the centre of operation which connects the Itakpe-Warri rail line. It is joined by Benin to Onitsha rail, among other segments of the country.
The rail line is part of the Lagos-Calabar coastal railway project, which cuts across most states in the south-east and south-south.
Eze once again felicitated with the two Niger Delta leaders, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan and Rt. Hon. Amaechi and appealed for synergy from all critical stakeholders of the region as the Minister continues to serve and deliver results timeously.
Commending Nigerians for their support to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, Chief Eze appealed for an improved Collaboration with the Transportation Minister to break new grounds and discover more opportunities for the the Nigerian people.