The government says beneficiaries have contributed to Nigeria’s progress and development.
President Muhammadu Buhari (left) with national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu (right) [Presidency] President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the naming of some railway stations in the country. The Ministry of Transportation announced in a statement on Monday, July 27, 2020 that the stations are along the Lagos-Ibadan, and Itakpe/Ajaokuta/Aladja/Warri corridors. For the Lagos-Ibadan corridor, with extension to the Lagos Port Complex at Apapa railway station, Buhari approved naming stations after his vice president, Yemi Osinbajo (Kajola station); and former Lagos State governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu (Apapa station). The Ebute Metta station was named after former military administrator of Lagos State, Mobolaji Johnson, while the Agbado station was named after a former Lagos governor, Lateef Jakande. The Agege station was named after another former Lagos governor and current Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola. The Abeokuta station was named after Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, while the Papalanto station was named after political activist, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and the Olodo station was named after former Ogun State governor, Segun Osoba. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, the only woman on Buhari’s list, was an educator, political campaigner, and women’s rights activist [234 Project] Others who had stations named after them are two former Premiers of Western Nigeria, Ladoke Akintola (Omio-Adio station) and Obafemi Awolowo (Ibadan station), and Nigeria’s first elected Vice President, Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre). For the Itakpe-Ajaokuta/Aladja-Warri corridor, former president, Goodluck Jonathan, had the Agbor station complex named after him, while the Itakpe station was named after Kwara’s first civilian governor, Adamu Attah. The Ajaokuta station was named after influential former senator, Olusola Saraki, the Itogbo station was named after former military vice president, Augustus Aikhomu, and the Agenebode station was named after a former military governor of Bendel and Kwara States, George Innih. The Uromi station was named after influential anti-colonial and pro-democracy activist, Anthony Enahoro, while the Ekehen station was named after a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Tom Ikimi, and the Igbanke station was named after a former military governor of Bendel State, Samuel Ogbemudia. Others who had stations along the Itakpe-Ajaokuta/Aladja-Warri corridor named after them include a former military governor and Chief of Army Staff, David Ejoor (Abraka station); prominent businessmen, Micheal Ibru (Opara station), and Alfred Rewane (Ujevwu station); and a former military vice president, Mike Akhigbe (Railway Village, Agbor). The Ministry of Transportation noted that the deserving citizens have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities, as well as Nigeria. Source: Pulse Nigeria