Railway Projects A Priority For Buhari Govt – APC Chairman

APC Chairman, John Odigie - Oyegun receiving an award on Saturday
APC Chairman, John Odigie – Oyegun receiving an award on Saturday


The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun has said that the federal government would make the execution of railway projects one of its priorities in 2016.

Noting that 30 per cent of the 2016 federal budget is devoted to capital projects, Odigie-Oyegun said the railway projects would form the focus of the administrations investment in critical infrastructural.

The APC chairman made these remarks on Saturday night at a dinner held in his honour by the Old Boys Association, Abuja Branch, of Saint Patrick’s College, Asaba, from where he graduated in 1957.

The association honoured Odigie – Oyegun with an achievement award at the ceremony.

“As at today, the economy is in the process of being reflated; meaning that money is being put into the system. Contractors are being mobilised to go back to work. New contracts will be awarded. The railway will be one of the very first priorities. We will for the first time go from Kano to Lagos through Benin City all the way to Calabar by rail.” Odigie-Oyegun said.

He called on Nigerians to be patient with the administration as it tries to ease the current hardship being experienced by many, assuring that everything was being done to turn around the economy.

“We are not shutting our eyes to the pains of the Nigerian people because it is real. It is genuine. We can only plead for patience. Thank God the APC government has its very first national budget and the implementation of that budget will be passionately pursued,” he stated.

The APC chairman said that the result of the initiatives being taken to diversify the economy and take care of the poor and vulnerable in the society would be a more vibrant nation that all would be proud of.

Odigie – Oyegun thanked the association for the honour bestowed on him and pledged to support efforts taken to develop the St. Patrick College

The President of the Abuja branch of the association, Tony Anyameluhor, praised Odigie – Oyegun for his focused leadership which led to his party’s victory in the last general elections, while also urging Nigerians to be patient with the Buhari – led administration as it tries to rebuild the economy.



    “Many Nigerians will appreciate what God has done by bringing in a party with zero tolerance for corruption, a party that upholds the principle of one person one vote grounded in free and fair elections at all levels.

    “Less than one year of this administration, looted funds are being repatriated and they are going to be judiciously used for the benefit of all Nigerians. No doubt, the APC administration is faced with many challenges which it inherited. What is required from Nigerians is patience as it is easier to destroy than to rebuild.”

    In his own remark, the National President of the association, Paul Ogbebor, who delivered a dinner lecture identified technology as a key driver to achieving economic transformation in the country.

    He urged the Buhari administration to establish a national construction bank in line with the infrastructure drive of the administration, which he said will check corruption in government payment processes for awarded contracts.



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