A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Abia State, Hon. Chibuike Jonas, has applauded the legislative intervention of Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, the Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, which seeks to rehabilitate and concession the Eastern Rail Line Project.
Hon. Jonas whose position is contained in a statement he made available to THE NIGERIA DAILY over the weekend, said the motion sponsored by the former Governor of Abia State and Senator representing Abia North Senatorial District alongside 102 other Senators as co-sponsors, is not only timely but a panacea to speedy economic revival of the south east.
Part of the statement reads: “I wish to applaud the recent legislative step undertaken by our Leader and Chief Whip of the Senate, which rallied about 102 other senators to strongly push for the rehabilitation and concession of the moribund Eastern Rail Line. This motion has for the umpteenth time given credence to our earlier position that Sen. Kalu is desiorus and ultimately committed to infrastructural development and economic advancement of the people of south east. The revival of the moribund eastern railway will not only confer sense of belonging to Ndigbo but shall rejuvenate and stimulate the ailing economy through unhindered movement of goods and passengers from the east to other parts of Nigeria via the railway.
Hon. Jonas, a former council chairman of Arochukwu Local Government Area, however, therefore, enjoined lawmakers from the south east to synergize with Sen. Kalu irrespective of party affiliations to form a formidable front that will push for the greater good of Ndigbo.
He also expressed optimism that given Sen. Kalu ‘s reinvented vigor and commitment to the welfare of his people and total transformation of the country under President Mohammadu Buhari, Ndigbo will benefit more if they come together to pursue a common goal.