I fulfilled my 2011 campaign promises –Jonathan
President Goodluck Jonathan Friday
said he had fulfilled the promises he made to Nigerians during his 2011
He said this while inaugurating a five-seater air-
conditioned passenger inter-city rail transport
system that will link Makurdi, Benue State with
Port-Harcourt, Rivers State.
Jonathan, who was represented by Vice-President
Namadi Sambo, said the country had witnessed
transformation, especially in the transport sector
during his administration.
He said, “President Jonathan has ensured the
fulfilment of the promises he made to Nigerians
by transforming the country, especially the
transport sector as a critical infrastructure.
“Today’s event is a commitment of our unflinching
services. This transformation is in three phases:
System transition, system modernisation and
Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State
applauded the President for reviving the
“moribund” railway system which he said had
been abandoned for the past thirty years.
He said, “Transformation does not need noise. We
need young people to run government, but not
old people who are too weak; the old people
should guide us to continue the Transformation
The Chairman, Nigerian Railway Cooperation and
former National Chairman, Peoples Democratic
Party, Bamanga Tukur, said the commitment of
the Federal Government in the railway sector had
boosted the economy.
The Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, also
charged the people to take advantage of the
opportunity provided by the present
administration in the railway sector.
However, some Makurdi residents have described
the inauguration as “window dressing.”
One of them, simply identified as Terkuma, asked,
“How can a dead railway system that has been
moribund in the last thirty years come to life in
just three days?”
He described the event as a campaign strategy to
woo the Benue electorate.
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