Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola, on Sunday, called for the de-emphasis of road haulage as a means of transporting cargo across the country. Fashola told journalists in Lagos, while being conducted round the Nigerian Railway Corporation Maintenance Yard. The governor urged the Federal Government to do more in restoring the country’s railway system to its past glory.
The governor recalled that as a child the Yard served as a transit point for evacuating goods from Apapa.
He revealed efforts at revamping the sector.
“We are trying to see how we can get it working again. We want to get the Federal Government to come back here and revamp it. We must do everything in our power to deemphasize road haulage as means of transporting heavy cargo, especially petroleum products, across the country,” Fashola said.
The expansive Railway maintenance Yard has suffered neglect and littered with abandoned coaches and filths.
Governor Fashola said the assessment tour was necessitated by a desire to resuscitate and bring railway way back to life. He said the State Governor would forward to the Federal Government a report on how to turn railway system around for effective and efficient services.
Fashola was conducted round the Yard by the Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce On Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, CSP, Bayo Sulaiman.