THE ALAKE OF EGBA, HIS ROYAL MAJESTY, OBA (DR.) MICHAEL ADEDOTUN AREMU GBADEBO CFR, OKUKENU III, SEEKS STAKEHOLDERS’ SUPPORT FOR FG’S RAILWAY PROJECTS

The Abeokuta monarch, His Royal Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo CFR, Okukenu III has pleaded with stakeholders of the transportation sector to support the upgrade and expansion of some of the nation’s railway networks. The monarch listed the projects to include the new Lagos – Abeokuta – Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line, aimed at saving man hours of travel and road delays.

Oba Gbadebo said if the projects are successfully completed, there would be substantial reduction in automobile accidents.  He also advocated that the railway lines to be quickly extended to Kano, while also pleading that the Port Harcourt Maiduguri narrow gauge line be speeded up and be connected to Maiduguri. 

The Minister’s visit was meant to solicit the blessings of the paramount ruler in whose domain the NCT is taking place. 

Oba Michael Adedotun remarked that “transportation is a major thing that binds all of us.  It is a key component in the distribution chain.” He added that without transportation, movement of persons and products will not be easy.

The Transportation Minister explained to the revered Monarch that the essence of the 18th National Council on Transportation meeting was to give opportunity to stakeholders of the transportation sector to brainstorm and come up with far-reaching recommendations on how to provide a safe, secure and comfortable transportation system.

“Kabiesi, it is the desire of President Ahmed Bola Tinubu to provide succor to the people of this great country and we are ready to partner with the people of Ogun State, which is the gateway of our nation’s economy.  Therefore, this Council meeting means a lot to the economy of this nation”, he added.

The Honourable Minister disclosed that Council will discuss the nation’s transportation policy as well as how to provide affordable transportation system, especially with the removal of fuel subsidy amongst other things.

In furtherance of the National Council on Transportation, the Honourable Minister also led his team for a courtesy call to the Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Dapo Abiodun at the Government House, Ogun State.  At the Governor’s Office the Minister and His Excellency, Governor Dapo Abiodun reached a consensus on a need not only to complete, extend and rejuvenate some of the identified rail projects across the country expeditiously; the Minister seized advantage of the visit to commend the Governor for separating the new Ogun’s Ministry of Transportation from the erstwhile Ogun Ministry of Works.  The Minister said this will give competent and sound consideration to issues of transportation in Ogun state, which he noted is a gateway to many parts of the country from the southern part of Nigeria.

Olujimi Oyetomi

Director, Press & Public Relations

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Previous PHOTO NEWS AT THE ONGOING 18TH NCT, 2023/24, THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, PERMANENT SECRETARY AND THE DIRECTORS OF HIS MINISTRY TO VISIT HRM, OBA (DR.) MICHAEL ADEDOTUN AREMU GBADEBO CFR, OKUKENU III, THE ALAKE OF EGBALAND