The Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi says ninety percent of the Warri- Itakpa railway is domiciled in the Niger Delta. The minister stated this during the commissioning of the Warri- Itakpe railway for commercial services. Amaechi said 9 out of 11 stations of the railway were in Delta and Edo states, while two were in Kogi State. He said that discounted naysayers who feel the President has done nothing for the Niger Delta region.
President Muhammad Buhari virtually commissioned the railway from Abuja, while the event was held at the Goodluck Jonathan Railway Station, Agbor, Delta State. Speaking during the commissioning, President Buhari said the Warri- Itakpe railway project, was part of his administration’s resolve to build infrastructures capable of stimulating the Nation’s economic growth.
Present at the Agbor were Governor of Delta State, Sen(Dr) Ifeanyi Arthur Okowa; Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State and Minister for information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. Others were Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyam and Minister of Police Affairs Alhaji Mohammad Maigari Dingyadi.
On his part, the Delta State Governor, Patrick Okowa, commended the President for his non-partisan approach to governance, while congratulating the Minister of Transportation, for completing the project during his tenure as a Minister. He also commended the present administration for naming the biggest station after former President Jonathan. He further noted that the project has potentials of aiding the revamping of the economies, in the post covid-19 era.
Okowa also reiterated the assurance given by the Honourable Minister of Transportation to extend the railway project from Itakpa to Abuja and from the Warri station to the seaport.
He urged the people of the state to embrace the project and tap into its economic potentials.