THE Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says more prominent Nigerians will still benefit from the Federal Government’s naming of rail stations across the country.
In a statement by his media assistant, Mrs Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, the minister said the late Alhaji Waziri Mohammed would be named after a bigger railway station.
Amaechi was responding to the demand by the Nigerian Union of Railway Workers (NUR) to reverse the naming of the Apapa Railway Station in honour of the late Mohammed.
The General Secretary of the (NUR), Mr Segun Esan had demanded the immediate reversal of the naming of the Apapa Railway Station to the late Mohammed.
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.
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari renamed rail stations after deserving citizens “who have contributed to the progress and development of their respective communities and the nation at large.”
Those who have been conferred with names of train stations on the Lagos-Ibadan with extension to the Lagos Port Complex at Apapa railway station are:
Bola Ahmed Tinubu (Apapa station)
Mobolaji Johnson (Ebute Metta Station)
Babatunde Raji Fashola (Agege station)
Lateef Jakande (Agbado station)
Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (Kajola station).
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (Papalanto station)
Prof. Wole Soyinka (Abeokuta station)
Aremo Segun Osoba(Olodo station)
Chief Ladoka Akintola (Omio-Adio station)
Chief Obafemi Awolowo (Ibadan station)
Chief Alex Ekwueme (Operation Control Centre)
Those named after stations on the Itakpe-Ajaokuta/Aladja-Warri Railway are:
Alhaji Adamu Attah (Itakpe station)
Dr. Olushola Saraki (Ajaokuta station)
Admiral Augustus Aikhomu (Itogbo station)
Brigadier General George Innih (Agenebode station)
Anthony Eromosele Enahoro (Uromi station)
Chief Tom Ikimi (Ekehen station)
Brig. Gen. Samuel Osaigbovo Ogbemudia (rtd) (Igbanke station)
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (Agbor Station Complex)
Brigadier General David Ejoor (Abraka station)
Micheal Ibru (Opara station)
Alfred Rewane (Ujevwu station)
Vice Admiral Mike Akhigbe (Railway Village, Agbor)