Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has reacted to criticisms from Nigerians who expressed discontent over the exclusion of former President Olusegun Obasanjo; ex-Chairman, Nigerian Railway Board late, Alhaji Waziri Mohammed and other notable Nigerians from the naming of rail stations.
The Minister in a statement Friday night, said more prominent Nigerians will still benefit from the Federal Government’s naming of railway stations across the country.
Ameachi, in the statement specifically reacted to the demand by rail workers union, that the late Alhaji Waziri Mohammed, chairman of the board, be honoured with a big railway station.
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The Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NUR) actually wanted Amaechi to cancel the naming of the Apapa Railway Station after Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Instead, the union wanted it named after Mohammed.
According to the statement by Amaechi’s Media Assistant, Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, Amaechi attempted to assuage ill-feelings.
Amaechi said: “We are naming a bigger station after Waziri Mohammed.”
The General Secretary of the (NUR), Mr Segun Esan, demanded the immediate reversal of the naming of the Apapa Railway Station to late Mohammed.
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According to him, Mohammed, until his death was the Chairman of Nigerian Railway Board.
He said it would be proper to name the Apapa Station after Mohammed, who died while in active service, as a mark of his sterling contributions to nation building.