Jonathan says the railway system will also be revitalised

President Goodluck Jonathan, on Thursday in Onitsha, Anambra State, revealed plans to open up other river ports as well as revitalise the country’s railway system.

Jonathan disclosed this while inaugurating the rehabilitated Onitsha River Port in Anambra, saying the development would facilitate the transportation of goods and services through water and reduce the pressure on roads in conveying heavy goods across the nation.

?We noticed that transporting heavy goods on land make our roads tear and get bad by the day,? he said.

?So, when rail system and water transportation are revitalised, it will reduce the use of land in transporting heavy goods across the country.?

The president commended Tony Ezenna, the Chairman of Orange Drugs Groups, for building a soap manufacturing industry in the commercial city of Onitsha, calling him a partner in progress, while he described SABMiller Breweries as a critical project with great impact on the economic life of the state.

The state governor, Peter Obi, stated that the president?s visit was critical to his administration?s resolve to industrialise the state.

?We have been admitted into the league of oil producing states and we want to assure you that the economy of this state and entire country would receive great boost,? he said.

Obi, who said Onitsha remained the biggest and most important city in the country with a very big market, pointed out that the state was safe for investment and called on investors to put their money to use.

Senator Idris Umar, the Minister of Transport, who was also one of the guest at the event, noted that the port would help reduce the sufferings importers face in the course of importing their goods, as well as boost the economic viability of Onitsha in particular and the entire country in general.

The Minister revealed that his ministry would soon commence the construction of other river ports across the country and build more railway systems, which would create jobs and enhance productivity.

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