May 29, 2012

FG to establish locomotive assembly plant in Nigeria

Abuja – The Federal Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with General Electric (GE) to establish a locomotive assembly plant in the country.

President Goodluck Jonathan disclosed this in his Democracy Day national broadcast on Tuesday in Abuja.

Jonathan said that the project would enhance the sustainability in the rail sector and make Nigeria a major hub in West and Central Africa.

The President said that the administration was committed to efficient and affordable public transport system.

He said the transformation agenda in the road sector would deliver better and safer roads to Nigerians and link the six geo-political zones in the country with dual carriageways.

“There have been increased construction activities in the ongoing dualisation of Abuja–Abaji–Lokoja Road, Kano–Potiskum–Maiduguri Road.’’

Others are the Benin–Ore–Shagamu Expressway; the Onitsha–Enugu Expressway; and the construction of the Loko–Oweto bridge, across River Benue.

“In other parts of the country, about 21 other road projects are in different stages of completion.

“These include the Yola–Numan road, Aba–Owerri road, Owerri–Onitsha expressway, Oyo–Ogbomosho old road and the Gombe-Potiskum road,’’ he said.

Jonathan said that the administration in the last 12 months had completed the capital dredging of the Lower River Niger.

He said that work would soon commence on the dredging of the River Benue in the year.

Jonathan said that the administration had begun the development of four new international terminals at Lagos, Port- Harcourt, Kano and Abuja airports.

He said that work was also going on with the renovation of airports across the country.

The President reassured Nigerians that the administration would remain committed to waging a sustained battle against the menace of corruption.(NAN)