Shagaya Calls for Rehabilitation of Railway Line Linking Kwara To South West

The House of Representatives, on Tuesday endorsed a motion seeking the rehabilitation of the Ilorin-Offa-Osogbo-Ibadan-Abeokuta-Lagos Railway line.

The motion was raised on the floor of the House by the member representing Ilorin West/Asa Federal Constituency, Honourable Muktar Tolani Shagaya.

Shagaya called for immediate rehabilitation of the old railway line, which passes through several states, including Kwara, Osun, Oyo, Ogun, and Lagos.

Hon Muktar Shagaya

In a statement released by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Basheer Luqman, the Lawmaker emphasized the importance of the railway line, which serves as a vital transportation link for many people. He urged the House to prioritize the rehabilitation.

The statement read: “Today, I moved a motion advocating for the Rehabilitation of the Ilorin-Offa-Osogbo-Ibadan-Abeokuta-Lagos Railway line. Recognizing the economic and safety benefits, revitalizing this rail route is imperative.

Rail transport offers a cost-effective and secure mode of travel. By rehabilitating the Ilorin-Offa-Osogbo-Ibadan-Abeokuta-Lagos rail line, not only can we mitigate risks and fatalities, but also invigorate commercial activities across these regions.

I am pleased to announce that my motion garnered unanimous support from the House, leading to its referral to pertinent committees for necessary subsequent actions.

Additionally, three Bills I sponsored successfully passed their first reading: the Health Education Practitioners Board (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.891); the Federal Cancer Research and Treatment Centre, Calabar, Cross River State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.892); and the Federal Cancer Research and Treatment Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State (Establishment) Bill, 2023 (HB.893).

Once enacted, these Bills will significantly bolster our healthcare institutions, leading to enhancements in our healthcare system. Moreover, they will ensure vital care, research and treatment for individuals battling cancer, marking a crucial stride towards bolstering our health sector”.

Recall, Honourable Muktar Shagaya had sponsored bills titled, “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) (Alteration) Bill 2023 (HB.115)”, “Federal Medical Centre Afon, Kwara State (Establishment) Bill 2023 (HB.223)”, “Federal Colleges of Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.593)”, “Compulsory Free Universal Basic Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2023 (HB.594)”, and “Motion on the urgent need to address the emerging outbreak of diphtheria in Nigeria”.

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