.Assures of Executive, NASS collaboration to rail sector devt
By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Senator Gbenga Ashafa, Chairman Senate Committee on Land Transport has called on foreign investors to see Nigeria as a haven for investments.
Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, in a statement through his media aide, Mr. Temitope Atiba, made the remarks in China,Tuesday, during an inspection visit to CRRC Nanjing Puzhen Company, Limotedd in Nanjing.
The Senator is part of a ministerial delegation from Nigeria to China inspecting rail coaches ready to be supplied by CRRC Nanjing Company to the Nigeria Railway Corporation before the end of this year.
According to Ashafa, “Allow me to seize this opportunity to tell you that Nigeria is a fertile land that is open to Foreign Direct Investments. With our growing population and skilled manpower, you are not only guaranteed your return on investment, but also local content with which to maximize your investments.”
He further said, “I am here in my capacity as the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Land Transport to represent the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. What this translates to is that I must work together with this contingent to ensure that the coaches we are here to inspect before delivery are befitting, contemporary and justify value for money.”
Ashafa expressed satisfaction as regards the track record of the company, stating that the quality of coaches supplied to Nigeria would also serve as a marketing reference point for the company.
His words, “Having said this, I am quite impressed with the history of your company and the track record of performance across the world. I believe that the quality of coaches that you supply to Nigeria to boost our railway reinvigoration drive would also serve as a marketing point for potential clients across the world.”
He therefore, reiterated the assurance that the Executive arm of Government and the Legislature are already working in consonance towards ensuring a developed rail sector in Nigeria and a mutually beneficial relationship for both countries.
Other delegates on the inspection team include: Engr. Aminu Sanni Issa Chairman Land Transport House of Representatives, Engr. Aljaji Sabiu Zakari, Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Transportation, Fidet Okhiria, Managing Director, Nigeria Railway Corporation, Engr. Usman Abubakar Chairman Nigeria Railway Corporation, among others.