The Minister of State for Transportation, Sen. Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for naming a railway station after her late father, Dr. Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
She gave the commendation in a statement she personally signed on Monday.
Recall that the older Saraki, who was the Senate Leader in the Second Republic, was among “prominent Nigerians” who had railway stations along the Lagos-Ibadan and Itakpe/Ajaokuta/ Aladja/Warri corridors named after them, according to a statement from the Ministry of Transportation.
The Ajaokuta Station in Kogi State was named after him.
In the statement, the Minister said, “On behalf of the family of the late Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki, I express a deep appreciation to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency President Muhammad Buhari, GCFR, for naming the Ajaokuta Train Station after our beloved father and renowned statesman, Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki.
“The people of Kwara and Kogi have for long been closely tied by history and culture. The late Dr Abubakar Olusola Saraki ardently dedicated his life to an unwavering service of the people of old Kwara state and the federation, bestowing this honour is a recognition of his contributions to the socio-economic and political development of the Old Kwara State and the federation.
“Naming the Ajaokuta Train Station after our late father is a testament to his life’s work for the advancement of these States. We have no doubt that the construction of the Ajaokuta Train Station by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration will contribute immensely to the economic development of our beloved country, Nigeria.
“We commend your leadership and commitment to resuscitating rail transportation in the country through the assiduous and enviable effort of the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and reaffirm the support of the family in the realisation of your laudable efforts.”