June 11, 2012 by Femi Makinde, Ado-Ekiti
A member of the House of Representatives from Ekiti State, Mr. Bamidele Faparusi, has urged the Federal Government to resuscitate rail transport in the country.
Faparusi made the call on Saturday in Ode-Ekiti, the headquarters of Gbonyin Local Government, after rendering his stewardship to people of his constituency.
He said, “In advanced countries, you travel by rail, water, air and on road but in Nigeria, goods and people are transported mainly by road. The high volume of traffic and the deplorable condition of virtually all the roads have resulted in huge loss of lives and property.
“If the railway system is revived, the roads will be free because the number of trucks plying our roads would be reduced. Train would transport most of the goods and even at cheaper rate. This will reduce number of lives we needlessly waste on the roads.”
The lawmaker said he was able to attract N365m worth of projects to his constituency.
Faparusi lamented the lives being lost to avoidable accidents on Nigerian roads.
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