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Combination of Amaechi and Saraki Would Further Propel Rail Development - Group

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

A Pan-African rail development advocacy group, African Railway Roundtable, on Wednesday welcomed the re-appointment of Rotimi Amaechi as the Minister of Transportation and Gbemi Saraki as the Minister of State.
The group described the development as “a continuation of a golden age for the Nigerian railway.”


The group’s position was contained in a statement by its Director, Olawale Rasheed.
The statement read, “Amaechi is the transformational leader who under President Muhammadu Buhari changed the face of Nigerian railway from old to new, from near analogue to digital and from uncompleted to completed lines across the country.
“The return of the minister should be celebrated by all lovers of railway and affordable transportation in Nigeria.”
The group said the combination of Amaechi and Saraki would further propel rail development in Nigeria while also opening up the nation to international patronage.
It added, “We congratulate Nigerians on the continuity decision of President Buhari in the railway sector.
“We know the duo of Amaechi and Senator Gbemi. This is a coninuation of a golden age.
“While Amaechi is both passionate and pushful, he will find in Senator Saraki a cerebral, hardworking and vastly experience public official.”
The group charged the new ministers to continue work on the implementation of the railway modernisation plan and agenda.


It asked them to ensure that Nigeria remains a pacesetter for Africa during their tenure.