Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of some railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe/Ajaokuta/ Aladja/Warri corridors after some “deserving Nigerian citizens”.
He disclosed this through a statement by his ministry’s Director of Press, Eric Ojiekwe but ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s name is missing in the list of what the Ministry of Transportation termed ‘prominent Nigerians.”
The statement hinted that the deserving citizens have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.
The Lagos-Ibadan with extension to the Lagos Port Complex at Apapa railway station has the following beneficiaries: Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Apapa station), Brigadier-General Mobolaji Johnson (Rtd) (Ebute Metta Station), Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (Agege station), Alhaji Lateef Jakande (Agbado station) and Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (Kajola station).
Others are Chief Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Papalanto station), Prof. Wole Soyinka (Abeokuta station), Aremo Olusegun Osoba (Olodo station), Chief Ladoka Akintola (Omio-Adio station), Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Ibadan station), and Chief Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre).
For the Itakpe-Ajaokuta/Aladja-Warri Railway, the names are: Alhaji Adamu Attah (Itakpe station), Dr Olushola Saraki (Ajaokuta station), Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (Itogbo station), Major General George Innih (Rtd) (Agenebode station), Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (Uromi station), Chief Tom Ikimi (Ekehen station) and Brigadier General Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia (Rtd) (Igbanke station).
The rest are former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (Agbor Station Complex), Major General David Ejoor (Rtd) (Abraka station), Olorogun Micheal Ibru (Opara station), Chief Alfred Rewane (Ujevwu station), and Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe (Rtd) (Railway Village, Agbor)