APC Presidential Campaign Team Youth Coordinator Says Lagos-Calabar-Coastal-Railway Holds Economic Prospects for the Niger Delta Region


Piriye Kiyaramo

The newly inaugurated Coordinator of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team for Burutu local government area of Delta state, Hon. Enetimi Government has called on electorate in the South-South geo-political zone to give their block vote to President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16, 2019 Presidential election to enable the present administration complete key national infrastructure, particularly, the Lagos-Calabar-Coastal Railway-Line billed for completion in 2019.

Speaking with newsmen shortly, after attending the inaugural meeting of the South-South Zonal meeting of the APC Women and Youth Presidential Campaign Team, chaired by the wife of the Minister of Transportation, Mrs Judith Amaechi, in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, Hon. Government, who contested the APC primary election for the Burutu South seat of the Delta State House of Assembly, noted that the  construction of the proposed new coastal railway, connecting Lagos in the south-west of the country to Calabar in the south-south, scheduled for completion by late 2019 will create several direct and indirect jobs that will benefit the women and youths in the Niger Delta region.

He said the ongoing social investment programmes of the present administration were unprecedented in the history of the country, pointing out that the economy under President Buhari has been prudently managed in his first term in office and therefore deserves to be re-elected to consolidate on the his numerous achievements for the overall benefit of the people in the Niger Delta region.

According to the youth leader and entrepreneur, the direct impact of the APC’s policies on improvements in roads, railways, and power supply, are evident, adding that there is greater evidence of economic diversification, particularly in the area of growing local production of agricultural produce and solid minerals.

“Phase 1 of coastal railway line will run between Calabar and Port Harcourt; while Phase 2 will run between Port Harcourt and Lagos via Onitsha. When completed as planned, the new railways should help spread economic development around the country”, Hon. Government maintained.

It would be recalled that Vice President Yomi Osinbajo had earlier assured that, “We are confident that the national rail project will create up to 500,000 jobs. Aside, it will facilitate the movement of up to 3.2m tonnes of cargo per annum”.

According to him, “a revamped railway system would “confer many benefits on the society. Our ultimate goal is to restore a railway using culture for both commercial and personal transportation”.