Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly Matters, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has urged the executive and legislative arms of government to avoid politicking with the Calabar-Lagos rail project, noting that President Muhammadu Buhari should be encouraged to develop the Niger Delta region.
Ita-Giwa, in a statement released on Wednesday, noted that the controversy over the project was unnecessary, adding that the rail line when completed would turn around the economy of the South-South region.
“The Calabar-Lagos rail project is a significant one that must not be trivialized or politicized because it has the potential of opening up the economy of the South-South region," she said.
"I am, therefore, urging my colleagues in the Senate and the executive arms to ensure that the project is included and adequately catered for in the budget because it will serve the common good and will complement the Cross River State Deep Sea Port.
"I also want to advise my colleagues to guide and keep an eagle eye on all projects earmarked for their constituents. Only through that can they be called good representatives. The region has suffered enough."
She said rather than disturbing the move, Buhari should be encouraged to deliver dividends of democracy to the area even beyond the rail project.