- President Muhammadu Buhari has named Agbor rail complex after Goodluck Jonathan
- The approval for the naming was given by the president despite differences in party affiliation between him and his predecessor
- Minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi said the project will be commissioned virtually due to Covid-19
Despite political differences, President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of the railway complex in Agbor, the operational hub of Itakpe-Warri rail line, after his predecessor Goodluck Jonathan.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, made this confirmation on Saturday, July 18, through a tweet by the presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi.
The transport minister said the Itakpe-Warri rail line will now be acknowledged as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex.
Amaechi also said the project is ready for commissioning, adding that priority of the Warri-Itakpe rail corridor remains prioritizing the movement of goods especially since the rail line passes through Ajaokuta.
"President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of the Railway Complex in Agbor - the operational hub of ItakpeWarriRail Line - after former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.
"It will be known as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station & Complex," Tolu Ogunlesi said.
Asked when it will be commissioned, the minister said: ''That will depend on the ministry's ability to convince the president to commission it. We are also considering virtual commissioning because of COVID-19.''
Meanwhile, Jonathan has cautioned against the possibility of coronavirus pandemic breeding dictators in Africa as scourge exceeds five-million threshold globally.
The former president issued this vital warning on Friday, May 22, while participating in a webinar organised by the Kofi Annan Foundation.
Jonathan enjoined African leaders to be careful of the way they handle the scourge which has ushered the world into unrest, adding that "all continental bodies must come up with their own minimum standards."
In a related news Legit.ng reported that with a view to resolving the worsening socio-political situation in Mali, former president Goodluck Jonathan has been appointed as a special envoy for the West African nation.
The high-profile appointment was given to Jonathan on Tuesday, July 14, by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).
As part of his duties, the former Nigerian leader is to convene a series of talks with President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, opposition bigwigs, civil society as well as religious bodies.
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