A chieftain of All Progressives Congress, Sen Soji Akanbi, has lauded the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun for promptly making land available for the Train Wagon Assembly Plant to be sited in Kajola ,Obafeni-Owode local government area of the state.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the quick intervention of Abiodun who provided land for the facility, it would have been sited in North-West after Oyo state lost out.
Akanji, a former Senator in Oyo state, explained that the state lost out for unexplained reasons
The lawmaker, who said this in a statement, noted that the project has the production capacity of making 500 modern railway wagon per year.
His words, “It is my great joy to join the minister of transportation Mu’azo Jaji Sambo who represented President Muhammed Buhari to witness the completion ànd Commissioning of this great Train Wagon Assembly Plant which foundation was laid in 2019.
“For posterity sake, it will be incomplete not to reveal the scenerio leading to the localisation of the project in Kajola.
The project was meant for any good location in the Lagos-Ogun-Ibadan new railway corridor.
“Oyo State lost out unfortunately for undisclosed reasons.
“With privy information that the project was to be moved to NW zone between Kaduna-Abuja-Kano railway corridor. For the opportunity not to elude south west zone, we engaged Ogun State APC governor who promptly made available the land required and other necessary amenities.
“The Project is a Corporate Social Responsibility from CCECC, a well grounded Building and Civil Engineering company in Nigeria. It is a modern landmark as it is first of it’s kind in West Africa.
“The project optimally shall give about 5,000 direct and indeed jobs hiring local, indigenous technicians and masons. It shall improve the technological capacity of the country. It has the production capacity of making 500 modern railway wagon per year.”
Meanwhile, president Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, commissioned the plant as part of his commitment to revitalize and ensure the sustainability of the ongoing railway modernisation project in Nigeria.
Buhari, who was represented by the minister of transportation Mu’azo Jaji Sambo, performed the commissioning of the project, coordinated by the Federal Ministry of Transportation expressed pleasure over the project which was conceived and flagged off on November 8, 2019.
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