Jonathan’s Performance In Transport Unprecedented – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the performance of  President Goodluck Jonathan in the Transport and Aviation sectors as unprecedented.
PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday  said the party and, indeed, all well-meaning Nigerians are happy with  the on-going transformation in these key sectors that support greater  economic productivity in the country.
“Under President Jonathan, rail services have returned, boosting not  only commerce but also national integration.Today, the Lagos-Ibadan-  Osogbo-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano narrow gauge has been  rehabilitated with improved fast coaches providing regular services. The
Enugu-Port Harcourt-Enugu intercity train has been opened for operations while container cargo freight services from Apapa port complex have  commenced.
“Already, rehabilitation works on the Port  Harcourt-Aba-Umuahia-Enugu-Markurdi-Lafia-Kuru-Bauchi-Gombe-Ashaka-Maiduguri,  as well as the branch line from Kafanchan to Kaduna are at completion  stages and will be operational soon.
“In the same vein, work on the Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail line has  reached advanced stage and is expected to become operational in the  first quarter of 2015. This is in addition to the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri  standard gauge line, which is projected to resume full operation by the
middle of 2015.
“Other segments of the new standard gauge speed train network are  planned, with contract already awarded for the Lagos–Ibadan segment.  Already, a Memorandum of Understanding for the construction of a new  railway line that will run from Lagos to Calabar, extending to the Obudu  Cattle Ranch has been signed.
“Passengers carried by rail has increased from 1 million in 2012 to 4.2  million in 2013 and still growing with the opening of new lines in 2014.
“On land transportation, the investment friendly environment created by  the Jonathan administration has resulted in increased participation of  private individuals and companies in road mass transit, including those  funded through SURE-P and other financing windows, thereby reducing the  land transport challenges faced by Nigerians”, the statement said.
Giving an overview of the achievements in the water transport sector,  the PDP noted that “the dredging of the River Escavos and the Niger from  Warri to Baro in Niger State and the inland city ports in Onitsha have  since been completed to create the much desired inland water channel for movement of personnel and goods.
“This is in addition to the acceleration of the dredging work at the  Lokoja axis and the opening of coastal transport services. In the last  three years, over 6.7 million passengers and over 1.6 million tonnes of  cargo have been moved through this channel.
“In the same vein, extensive port reforms by the administration have  paved the way for availability of twenty-four hour services with  clearing time reduced from 39 days to 7 days for trouble-free cargo.
“On aviation, it is incontrovertible that this sector, which in the past  was denied desired attention has been revamped and repositioned by  President Jonathan.
“In line with the President’s Transformation Agenda, the Aviation Ministry and its parastatals were immediately restructured while obsolete infrastructure were either replaced or upgraded in all the major airports across the country in line with international best practices.
“Under the Jonathan administration, all 22 federally-owned airports across the country were remodelled to ensure safety and improved passenger services. Five new Airport Terminal Buildings and air-field facilities have been constructed while existing ones are being reconstructed. These efforts have received global acknowledgement including the attainment and retention of the FAA Category One Status.”
Noting that President Jonathan has been championing a silent revolution in all sectors of the Nigerian economy, the PDP urged the citizens not to allow a relapse to the past by ensuring that the Jonathan administration is supported beyond 2015. It said such is the only way to guarantee that the successes so far recorded are sustained and consolidated.
Olisa Metuh
National Publicity Secretary

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