By Adekola Afolabi
President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the East West railway line be extended to Akure, the Ondo State capital.
The President gave the directive yesterday while addressing a mammoth crowd of party faithful who thronged the MKO Abiola Democracy Park in continuation of his re-election bid as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Buhari obviously elated by the huge crowd at the campaign venue said his campaign against corruption would receive a new impetus at the next level of his tenure.
Also speaking, Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, said the federal government schools feeding programme would be stepped up from the present 9.2million children to 13 million during the next level of the APC led Federal government.
According to him, at present, the federal government home grown school feeding programme is feeding 9.2 million primary school children daily in 26 states and this would be increased to 13 million school children daily in all the 36 states across the federation during the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He also disclosed that the N-power programme would create more employments to 1.5 million unemployed youths during the APC second term, as against the present 500,000.
Osinbajo who stated this yesterday during the APC presidential campaign rally held at the Democracy Park, Akure, the Ondo State capital, equally added that 6.8 million eggs are needed weekly to feed the school pupils under the school feeding programme, the development which has provided jobs and revenues for poultry farmers and other farmers in the affected states.
The vice president noted that all the N-Power beneficiaries would also be provided with tablets with equipped with necessary training facilities.
Osinbajo said the federal government would build rail way in Akure and step up the construction of federal roads during the APC next level, stressing that more jobs would be provided for the people of the state through the projects.
Apart from all these, the Vice president added that there would be stable electricity to create jobs and improve the economy of the country during the second term of the APC led government, saying that more companies would be licensed to generate power in the country.
He noted that Federal Government has started working to ensure all remaining towns in the Ondo Southern Senatorial district are reconnected back to the National Grid to improve the socioeconomic development in the affected areas.
He explained that federal government is partnering Brazilian government to provide farming equipments for youths in agriculture in the country to ease farming activities and ensure food sufficiency.
Osinbajo further disclosed that apart from the Tradermoni initiated by the federal government, another programme called ‘Peoples Moni’ would be initiated to provide soft loans for all categories of traders.
He described corruption as bane of development in the country, just as he assured that the ongoing Lagos/Ibadan express road would soon be completed, while Lagos -Abeokuta-Ibadan rail way would be commissioned by February.
He said three out of the four refineries in the country were built during the then Buhari’s administration, arguing that Buhari would do more if elected for a second term.
Osinbajo urged the people of the country to vote massively for APC in the February 16 poll to ensure continuity of good governance.