December 23, 201 – President Goodluck Jonathan today flagged off the Enugu- Port Harcourt-Enugu intercity train service, noting that government has changed the course of history by reviving the rail sector which practically dead when he took over as President.
Speaking through the Vice President, Architect Namadi Sambo, the president promised to also construct a coastal railway line from Lagos to oil producing states in the Niger Delta.
According to him, the administration had been able to manage the Nigerian economy such that it had risen to be the greatest economy in Africa and one of the largest in the world.
He said that government would construct coastal railway line that would link up commercial cities in the south-east region adding that the Abuja-Kaduna rail project is now 90 per cent completed while the Warri- Itakpe project was at an advanced stage.
“We have introduced programmes that have impacted positively on the lives of the people and addressed key issues in our national agenda,” he said.
Also speaking, Managing Director of Nigerian Railway Corporation, Mr. Adeseyi Sijuwade, said the Enugu-Port Harcourt railway has been completed.