- The Itakpe-Warri railway project will be commissioned on Tuesday, September 29
- More facts are emerging on the state of the facilities before the intervention of the present government
- Dr Israel Ibeleme, the media aide of the minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has given more insights
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Dr Israel Ibeleme, the media aide of the minister of transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and his boss for the Itakpe-Warri railway project which will be commissioned on Tuesday, September 29.
Dr Ibeleme who narrated his experience at the first visit to the Agbor station- now the Goodluck Jonathan train station, said the place was like a thick forest and the minister's team had difficulties in navigating their way through.
“I am super excited about the Itakpe-Warri railway, one of the reasons being that my first experience at the Agbor station was terrible and scary. During the first inspection, we got to Agbor station, currently Dr Goodluck Ebele train station, it was a thick forest and we could not gain access to the facilities as they were dilapidated, after being abandoned for several years.
“When my boss, the honourable minister said he needed pictures to present to Mr President, to help facilitate the reconstruction of the Itakpe- Ajaokuta- Warri railway. I swung into action and had to enter the place which was a thick forest.
“Unfortunately, I lost my way. When they were set to take off, the minister noticed I was not with the team and they thought I had been kidnapped. My boss had to send a team of security personnel led by his former CSO, Mr Tony Iwelu, to search and rescue me, and I remaining deeply grateful for that.”
Recall that two months ago, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari approved the naming of some railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe/Ajaokuta/ Aladja/Warri corridors after some prominent Nigerians.
In a statement signed by Eric Ojiekwe, the director, press and public relations, ministry of transportation, the federal government said the deserving citizens have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.
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