Railway workers want Apapa station named after Waziri Mohammed
Nigeria Union of Railway Workers (NUR), has called on the Federal Government to reverse the name of the Apapa station that was recently renamed after Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to the former.
President Muhammadu Buhari had on Tuesday, named railway stations after some prominent citizens.
The naming and renaming of the railway stations, which was done in preparation for the return of rail transport services after it was shut down for four months according to the union is commendable, and in line with global best practice as reminders of heroes and great citizens who had contributed to the development of their nation and communities.
NUR in a statement by its Secretary General, Segun Esan, said there is no doubt the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has the backing of the Nigerian Railway workers in his patriotic enterprise of reviving the rail system, but the union owe it a patriotic obligation in a critical moment like this to lend useful and dispassionate advice to policy makers.
To this effect, he said without prejudice to any of the distinguished personalities whose names have been given to railway stations by the President, the union strongly demanded that the name of Apapa Railway Station be reversed to its old name, Waziri Mohammed Railway Station.
“Apapa railway station, after the painful death of our beloved Late Alhaji Waziri Kyari Mohammed in a Bellview plane crash, which occurred on 25th October 2005, at Lisa in Ogun State, was most officially named after him, who until his untimely death was the Chairman of Nigerian Railway Board,” Esan said.
Late Mohammed, according to him, toiled and laboured passionately and relentlessly for the emancipation of the Nigerian Railway system with verifiable intentions to impact positively on the welfare and wellbeing of the railway workers before the cold hands of death took him away. He died while on active service to Nigeria through the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
He said the only thing that reminds the Nigerian Railway community nationwide of the sterling contributions of Mohammed to the development of Nigeria is the Apapa Railway station named after him.
“Convincingly so, we exist in the reality of the undeniable fact that late Alhaji Waziri Mohammed, more than any other Nigerian and as a patriot that he truly was, deserves his rightful place in the history and geography of Nigerian Railway Corporation, and also in the indomitable heart of Nigerians and the railway workers, who remain thankful and appreciative of him for his unquenchable passion and enthusiasm for a better railway and happier workers.
“We earnestly demand justice for our glorious dead, Mohammed, by returning his name to Apapa railway station. Let us not rob the dead to pay the living because, someday, we will all be dead,” he added.
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