Reps calls for completion of Otukpo-Ajaokuta rail project

OrderPaperToday– The House of Representatives has asked the Federal Ministry of Transportation to include the completion of the Otukpo-Ajaokuta Railway Project in its 2018 budget estimates.

In a motion presented by Mr. Hassan Omale (APC, Kogi), the lawmaker noted that the railway project running from Otukpo in Benue State to Ajaokuta in Kogi State, which the Administration of President Shehu Shagari started, had been abandoned even after the construction of the Railway Bridge from Itobe to Ajaokuta.

According him, “rail transportation is about the earliest, cheaper and faster means of moving people and goods from one point to the other, and given that the people of the area are predominantly farmers, their produce would have been easily moved to the cities to earn revenues, boost economic activities and advance the diversification of the economy to agriculture that is the major agenda of this administration.”

In accordance with its procedures, the House also mandated the Committees on Land Transport and Appropriations to ensure the implementation of this resolution.

 

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