Reps seek adequate funding of Otukpo-Ajaokuta rail

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The House of Representatives on Wednesday called for adequate budgetary provision of Otukpo-Ajaokuta railway project in the 2018 budget proposal being considered by the National Assembly.

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of the motion sponsored by Hassan Omale (APC-Kogi), who decried successive governments’ disposition to the railway project which was abandoned over 35 years after the flag-off.

In his lead debate, Omale expressed concern over the undue delay in the railway project running from Otukpo in Benue State to Ajaokuta in Kogi State which was started by the former President Shehu Shagari’s administration had been abandoned, even after the construction of the Railway Bridge from Itobe-Ajaokuta

“The House is aware that rail transportation is about the earliest, cheaper and faster means of moving people and goods from one point to the other, and given that the people of the area are predominantly farmers, their produce would have been easily moved to the cities to earn revenues, boost economic activities and advance the diversification of the economy to agriculture,” Omale said.