- Some railway stations have been named after a number of deserving Nigerian citizens
- President Muhammadu Buhari approved naming railway stations after his vice president Yemi Osinabajo among others
- The railway stations are along the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe/Ajaokuta/ Aladja/Warri corridors
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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of some railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe/Ajaokuta/ Aladja/Warri corridors after some Nigerians.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, made this confirmation on Monday, July 27, in a thread of tweets from the federal government's official Twitter page.
In a statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, the director, press and public relations, ministry of transportation, the deserving citizens have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.
For the Lagos-Ibadan with extension to the Lagos Port Complex at Apapa railway station, the Agege station was named after Babatunde Fashola, the minister of works and housing while the Agbado station was named in honour of former Lagos state governor, Lateef Jakande.
Other beneficiaries include Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Apapa station) and Mobolaji Johnson (Ebute Metta Station), Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (Kajola station), and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Papalanto station).
Prominent Nigerian also conferred with train station names are Prof. Wole Soyinka (Abeokuta station), Aremo Segun Osoba (Olodo station), Chief Ladoka Akintola (Omio-Adio station), Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Ibadan station) and Chief Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre).
The stations along the Itakpe-Ajaokuta/Aladja-Warri railway will be named as Alhaji Adamu Attah (Itakpe station), Dr. Olushola Saraki (Ajaokuta station), Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (Itogbo station) and Brigadier General George Innih (Agenebode station).
Also honoured are Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (Uromi station), Chief Tom Ikimi (Ekehen station) and Brig. Gen. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia (rtd) (Igbanke station).
Other prominent personalities conferred with train station names include Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (Agbor Station Complex), Brigadier General David Ejoor (Abraka station), Micheal Ibru (Opara station), Alfred Rewane (Ujevwu station) and Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe (Railway Village, Agbor).
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that despite political differences, President Buhari approved the naming of the railway complex in Agbor, the operational hub of Itakpe-Warri rail line, after his predecessor.
The minister of transportation, made this confirmation on Saturday, July 18, through a tweet by the presidential aide, Tolu Ogunlesi.
Amaechi said the Itakpe-Warri rail line will now be acknowledged as the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station and Complex.
He 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.
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