President, Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ONICCIMA, Mr. Uchenna Apakama, has appealed to the federal government and the National Assembly to include the construction of rail lines across the South-East in the 2016 budget.
In an interview with journalists in Onitsha, yesterday, Apakama wondered why in all the controversy about rail lines from Lagos to Kano and Calabar to Lagos, the South-East was not included for a rail project.
“Rail transport, being the cheapest and fastest means of moving goods and persons, could not have been effectively done for the economic development of the country without including Onitsha and Aba. These two cities are the economic hub of the South-East, so, why is the region not in the plan? Don’t we deserve rail projects?” he asked.
Apakama blamed political leaders from the South-East zone for not rising to the demand for effective representation of the people.
“It is unfortunate that our people in government are not interested in the welfare of their people. How can they be talking of Calabar to Lagos, Lagos to Kano rail lines and nothing was said about Aba and Onitsha rail lines in the budget. We need explanations from them,” he said.
He, however, urged Nigerians to keep faith with the federal government in its efforts to end the current fuel scarcity.