By DAPO OLAWUNI
Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for State, Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for naming the Ajaokuta Train Station after her beloved father and renowned statesman, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
President Buhari had on Monday named train stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri corridors after some deserving Nigerians.
In the letter signed by the minister and obtained by DAILY TREND NEWS, the Minister said the action of the president is a recognition of Saraki’s contributions to the socio- economic and political development of the Old Kwara State and the federation at large.
She commended the commitment of Buhari’s government to resuscitating rail transportation in the country through the assiduous and enviable effort of the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, even as she reaffirm the support of the Saraki family in the realisation of the project.
The letter reads in part “On behalf of the family of the late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki, I express a deep appreciation to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR, for naming the Ajaokuta Train Station after our beloved father and renowned statesman, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki’
“The people of Kwara and Kogi have for long been closely tied by history and culture. The late Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki ardently dedicated his life to an unwavering service of the people of old Kwara state and the federation, bestowing this honour is a recognition of his contributions to the socio- economic and political development of the Old Kwara State and the federation”
“Naming the Ajaokuta Train Station after our late father is a a testament to his life’s work for the advancement of these States. We have no doubt that the construction of the Ajaokuta Train Station by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will contribute immensely to the economic development of our beloved country, Nigeria”
Earlier in June, the President had approved the naming of the Railway Complex in Agbor – the operational hub of the Itakpe-Warri line – after former President Goodluck Jonathan.
The Apapa station was named after Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while the Agege station was conferred on the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Other personalities conferred with train station names include Lateef Jakande (Agbado station), Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (Kajola station), and Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Papalanto station).’