When I came into office as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the 6th of May 2010, I met a moribund railway system and I vowed to myself that this vital infrastructure will be revived as it offered the most inexpensive mode of transportation for our people.
Today, four years later, I am pleased to report to you that our railways are back on track.
Our people can now take the Lagos-Kano service for only 1,930 Naira and the Port Harcourt-Enugu service for only 300 Naira.
I was pleased to read a comment on my page from Oraye St. Franklyn, who took a ride on the Port Harcourt-Enugu service of the Nigerian Railway Corporation. He expressed his delight as a parent that his children had entered a train in Nigeria for the first time in their lives.
And we are not stopping here. This administration just completed the tracks for the Abuja-Kaduna Standard Gauge Railway. Plans have reached an advantage stage for a new rail line from Lagos to Calabar and another between Ibadan and Lagos.
Our plan, which we intend to bring to fruition with your support, is to link every commercial and administrative capital in Nigeria by rail thereby bringing our people closer. We must continue to strengthen the bond of our union. GEJ.