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2023: Don’t Let Northerners Divide You, Adebanjo Tells Jonathan, Tinubu, Fayemi
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2023: Don’t Let Northerners Divide You, Adebanjo Tells Jonathan, Tinubu, Fayemi

Elder statesman and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, on Saturday warned Southern politicians, especially those in the South-West not to allow Northerners cause division among them on the issue of who becomes President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. Speaking with SATURDAY INDEPENDENT, Adebanjo who accused the Northerners of using ‘divide-and-rule tactics’, said while the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been clamouring that the presidency should be zoned to the South in 2013, it has been dangling its presidential ticket among prominent politicians in the region so as to cause confusion among them. He mentioned former Lagos state governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former president Goodluck Jonathan, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Rotimi Amaechi, the M...
FG Borrowing To Fix Rail Is A Wrong Priority – Taiwo Oyedele
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FG Borrowing To Fix Rail Is A Wrong Priority – Taiwo Oyedele

The Fiscal Policy Partner and West Africa Tax Leader at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mr Taiwo Oyedele, has said the Federal Government has no business taking loans to build rail lines as it has been doing. He said the government should instead put in place the right regulatory and policy environment for private sector players with the requisite capacity to invest, given the viability of rail transportation. The Federal Government had taken loans running into billions of dollars from China to build rail lines across the country, including the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, among others. Government had been heavily criticised over the loans, as there were concerns that the action was plunging the country into huge debt. While justifying the loans, the Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotim...
Private Firm, SecureID To Manage Abuja-Kaduna Rail E-Ticket For 10 Years
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Private Firm, SecureID To Manage Abuja-Kaduna Rail E-Ticket For 10 Years

A private firm, SecureID, has the concession to manage the Abuja-Kaduna e-ticketing platform for 10 years and recoup up to N900 million before handing over to the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NCR). The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this on Wednesday during the official launch of the e-ticketing platform held virtually. The minister said the online ticketing which marks the beginning of automation of ticket sales in all major stations in Abuja- Kaduna train service is in line with global world best practices and will enhance efficiency, save time, promote accountability, reduce ticket racketeering, reduce leakage and promote economic growth. The Minister further stated that it is a Public Private Partnership (PPP) valued at N900 million of which the c...
Why Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi Now Walks With Crutches
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Why Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi Now Walks With Crutches

Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi, has left many in shock after he was captured walking with the aid of crutches. The minister was spotted with the crutches over the weekend at the commissioning of an orphanage home and Arabic School in Kaita Local Government Area of Katsina State. Many reports said he was suffering from an ankle sprain while others said that he might be having either plantar fascitis, hemiplegia scissors gait, or motor neuron lesion. However, Amaechi’s close associate and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, dismissed the reports. Eze said the former Rivers governor neither had hemiplegia scissors gait nor plantar fasciitis. Eze revealed that the minister suffered a hairline fracture. The APC Chieftain didn’t r...
FG Awaits $5.3 Billion Chinese Loan For Ibadan-kano Rail Line
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FG Awaits $5.3 Billion Chinese Loan For Ibadan-kano Rail Line

The federal government will begin work on the construction of the Ibadan-Kano rail project as soon as the Chinese government approves the sum of $5.3bn loan application, Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said. Amaechi, stated this as a guest of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Weekend Deal Programme, monitored by our correspondent in Abuja. He said: “We are waiting for the Chinese government and bank to approve the $5.3bn to construct the Ibadan-Kano. What was approved a year ago was the contract. “The moment I announced that the federal government had awarded a contract of $5.3bn to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC to construct Ibadan-Kano; they assumed the money had come in. No! “Up till now, we have not gotten the money a yea...
Why I Rejected Jonathan & Supported Buhari In 2015 – Amaechi
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Why I Rejected Jonathan & Supported Buhari In 2015 – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has claimed that former President Goodluck Jonathan offered him every opportunity to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, but he rejected it. The minister says he went ahead to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 because he is not tribalistic. The former governor of Rivers State was speaking in Port Harcourt on Saturday while receiving some party members who defected from the PDP. The minister explained that whatever he says in Rivers State would happen, adding that he would soon return to declare prayers in the state. He claimed that God gave him victory over Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. “You know, when Goodluck fought us, he was not fighting me, he was fighting God and I knew he would fail. Tell them fro...
Train Ride From Lagos To Ibadan To Cost Between ₦3000 – ₦6000
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Train Ride From Lagos To Ibadan To Cost Between ₦3000 – ₦6000

  Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has announced the fares on the the new Lagos-Ibadan train service, which would begin operations by January, 2021. Amaechi made the announcement disclosure during the inauguration of the Governing Council of the Chartered Institute of Transport Administration of Nigeria (CIOTA) in Abuja on Friday. Amaechi said: “I have received the mandate of President Muhammadu Buhari to inaugurate the Lagos/Ibadan rail project by January 2021 which will make Nigerians see the way the standard gauge railway looked like. “Today I approved the charges on passengers from Lagos to Ibadan. We just transfer how we charged from Abuja to Kaduna. “We charge N3,000 per Economy seat, N5,000 for Business class and N6,000 for First class, the same ...
2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola
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2023: Zoning Should Be Respected — Amaechi Backs Fashola

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the zoning arrangement for political offices should be respected ahead of the 2023 elections. Amaechi, who spoke during a Channels TV programme on Sunday, said the arrangement, which is usually between the north and south, should remain the same. In Nigeria, political offices — especially the presidency — are rotated on the basis of geographical zones, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo up till the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari who is from Katsina state. Some Nigerians have started clamouring that the presidency should return to the south with the 2023 election. Asked by the anchor if the All Progressives Congress (APC) will consider giving the south-east a chance for the presidency in 2023, Amaechi responded: “It...
APC Condemns Amaechi’s Absence At South-South Meeting
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APC Condemns Amaechi’s Absence At South-South Meeting

The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Rivers State, has attacked the Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi over his absence at the Southsouth stakeholders’ meeting with the President Muhammadu Buhari’s delegation. The Igo Aguma-led party said that the minister was at the Port Harcourt airport to receive the Presidential delegation, escorted them to the Government House, and disappeared. The Federal Government held a meeting in the Rivers State Government House, Port Harcourt, on Tuesday. The absence of Amaechi, a former Governor of Rivers State, drew the ire of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, saying the Transportation Minister cannot justify his absence, which it described as “unfortunate.” According to a statement by Livingston Wechie, the media advi...
Amaechi Apologies For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown
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Amaechi Apologies For Abuja-Kaduna Train Breakdown

Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has apologised to Nigerians for the breakdown on the Abuja-Kaduna rail locomotives which occurred between November 18 and November 20. The minister made the plea on Monday at the Moniya rail station during the routine inspection of the ongoing rail project in Ibadan. “I want to apologise to Nigerians over what happened at the Abuja-Kaduna rail station. “We now have new locomotives and we have called the Chinese because we never expected the mechanical fault at this early stage. “On behalf of the Federal Government, the ministry and the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC), we apologise to Nigerians and I have instructed the NRC to fix it or invite the Chinese. “If this is happening now, then they should bring back our old locomotives, it...
FG Needs $656 Million To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi
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FG Needs $656 Million To Complete Lagos-Ibadan Railway – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said the Federal Government requires the sum of $656 million to complete work on the Lagos-Ibadan railway project. Amaechi disclosed this on Friday while defending his ministry’s 2021 budget at the Senate. He explained that the amount is needed to put the necessary infrastructure in place for the project to serve its intended purpose. “Some aspects of works involving the construction of upgraded railway station, signalling and telecommunication systems, power supply scheme and the construction of pedestrian and overpass bridges have to be completed,” he said. “These additional and extra works amounting to $656 million which is to be financed 100 percent by the Federal Government of Nigeria has been approved by the Federal E...
2023: Amaechi & El-Rufai Campaign Posters Flood Abuja Streets
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2023: Amaechi & El-Rufai Campaign Posters Flood Abuja Streets

Campaign posters of the Minister of Transportation Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for President have flooded Abuja streets. The posters also had the face of Mallam Nasir Elrufai, the Governor of Kaduna State as the running mate and Vice Presidential candidate. One of the posters was titled “the People’s choice” while another had the message “Today may not be the best, but tomorrow will be better”. All the posters show they are being sponsored by the National Consolidation Movement but they did not have the logo of any political parties. While speaking with our correspondent who went to town to interview a cross section of Nigerians on the emergence of the posters, Dr. Doyin Anifowose who is a political scientist said the messages on the posters wowed Nigerians by tactically attem...
20,000 Nigerians Employed For Lagos-ibadan Rail Project – Amaechi
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20,000 Nigerians Employed For Lagos-ibadan Rail Project – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said that over 20,000 workers were engaged for the ongoing construction of Lagos-Ibadan rail project.This, he said is in compliance with the local content law inherent in the 1.6B dollar contract agreement between Nigeria and China. Amaechi made the clarification at a public hearing in Abuja, Monday, while responding to concerns by the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements that local content was not observed in the course of the project. He said, “There are over 20,000 Nigerian workers employed for the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project, only 560 of the workers on that project are Chinese,” adding that most materials for the project were locally sourced except for those that were manu...
Governor Wike Commiserates With Amaechi On The Death Of His Brother, Charles Amaechi
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Governor Wike Commiserates With Amaechi On The Death Of His Brother, Charles Amaechi

GOVERNOR WIKE COMMISERATES WITH TRANSPORT MINISTER OVER DEATH OF ELDER BROTHER Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commisserated with the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi over the death of his elder brother, Charles(Dede) Amaechi. In a statement issued in Port Harcourt today, Governor Wike described the demise of the deceased as a great loss not only to the family but the entire State. He prayed God to grant the Minister and his family the fortitude to bear the loss.
President Buhari Approves ₦123 Bilion For Ibadan-Kano Rail
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President Buhari Approves ₦123 Bilion For Ibadan-Kano Rail

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the payment of $318m (about 123bn) as counterpart funding to the Chinese Government for the Ibadan-Kano standard gauge project. The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi who disclosed this said work on the Ibadan-Kano segment of the Lagos-Kano line may commence by the end of August. It would be handled by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC). Amaechi who spoke in a Democracy Day interview monitored on Channels Television on Friday night commended the Chinese Government which he said had been very helpful in funding the railway modernization projects of the Federal Government. He however added that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved the opening of an account where some of the profits bein...
Amaechi Loses As Court Declares Igo Aguma From Rival Faction Rivers APC Chairman
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Amaechi Loses As Court Declares Igo Aguma From Rival Faction Rivers APC Chairman

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi lost out again in the crisis bedevilling the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, as a high court in the state on Tuesday declared Igo Aguma, of a rival faction, the acting chairman of the party in the state. The APC has barred its members from appealing the judgement. Mr Aguma belongs to a faction of the APC in Rivers that is loyal to Magnus Abe, a former governorship aspirant in the state. Mr Amaechi is a former governor of Rivers and one of APC’s most influential leaders, but he has been having it tough getting the APC in Rivers to unite in the party’s quest to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the oil-rich state. The protracted crisis in the party prompted the court to declare that the APC did...
Governor Udom Commends FG On Speedy Actualization Of Ibom Deep Seaport
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Governor Udom Commends FG On Speedy Actualization Of Ibom Deep Seaport

Governor Udom Emmanuel has applauded President Muhammad Buhari led the federal government’s determination to fast track the actualisation of Ibom Deep Seaport, IDSP. The governor also thanked the Federal Ministry of Transportation, led by Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, and all relevant federal regulatory agencies including the NPA, ICRC, and others for working tirelessly with Akwa Ibom state government to actualise a vision that will transform the economic fortunes of the entire country. He poured encomiums on the Technical Committee on Realisation of Ibom Deep Seaport, led by Barrister (Mrs.) Mfon Usoro, for its dedication and high sense of patriotism displayed in pursuing the project. These commendations came on the heels of an announcement that the federal government is set to move...
Designer Clothes Can’t Cure Inferiority Complex – Reno Omokri Mocks Rotimi Amaechi
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Designer Clothes Can’t Cure Inferiority Complex – Reno Omokri Mocks Rotimi Amaechi

Reno Omokri has mocked the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, for wearing designer clothes same ones worn by runway models. Sharing a picture showing Amaechi in the colorful outfits, Reno Omokri stated that designer clothes can’t cure inferiority complex. He wrote: “Money cant buy class. but it can buy crass. A @louisvuitton or @Gucci, wont transform a dealer to a leader. It may not be a legal wrong to wear $10,000 jackets when you are surrounded by 10,000 starving people, but is it a moral right? Ah, Nigeria! “That is one thing I respected about former President Jonathan. No matter where he was, whether White House, or 10 Downing Street, he would proudly wear his Nigerian outfits! Change from within. Not from without. Develop your mind, not just your body. “Transf...
‘Buhari Is A Shy Person, Dislikes Public Show’ – Rotimi Amaechi
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‘Buhari Is A Shy Person, Dislikes Public Show’ – Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a “shy person” who dislikes public show. Amaechi made the remark while disclosing why Buhari has not commissioned Itakpe-Warri rail line after it was completed. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a “shy person” who dislikes public show. Amaechi made the remark while disclosing why Buhari has not commissioned Itakpe-Warri rail line after it was completed. He spoke during an interview with Dele Momodu, Publisher of Ovation Magazine. According to Amaechi: “Now the project is ready for Commissioning but because of Coronavirus everything is on hold. “And you know the President is a shy person. He doesn’t like public show. “What...
Coronavirus Outbreak is Delaying the Completion of Lagos-Ibadan Rail – Amaechi
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Coronavirus Outbreak is Delaying the Completion of Lagos-Ibadan Rail – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disclosed that the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan rail ishas been put on hold due to the outbreak of coronavirus. The Minister revealed this in a live television programme on African Independent Television on Thursday March 5. Amaechi said the employees of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation who are handling the contract, are stuck in China on the orders of the Chinese government who have tightened restrictions on movement. He said; “If not for coronavirus we would have finished the Lagos-Ibadan rail, although the project is nearly completed. The CCECC workers are still in China.” On the Transportation University in Daura, Amaechi revealed that there was no design on ground before the groundbreaking ceremony...
NIMASA: I Am Not Aware Of Peterside’s Sack – Amaechi
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NIMASA: I Am Not Aware Of Peterside’s Sack – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said he is unaware of the alleged sack of the Director-General (DG) of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside. There was an unconfirmed report that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Bashir Jamoh as the new DG of the agency. Jamoh is the executive director of administration and finance in NIMASA. Peterside’s tenure expires on the 10th of March, 2020 Our correspondent monitored a morning show on television on Thursday where the Minister of Transportation reacted to the news of the sack. On the alleged sack of Peterside and his replacement by Jamoh, Amaechi said: “I am not aware. As of yesterday when I spoke to the DG of NIMASA, he was in the office and they ha...
Ibadan-Kano Rail Line To Be Ready By 2023 – Rotimi Amaechi
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Ibadan-Kano Rail Line To Be Ready By 2023 – Rotimi Amaechi

The Federal Government has said the Ibadan-Kano rail line will be ready by 2023. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said this in an interview with journalists in Abuja. The minister expressed optimism that the project would be ready before the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), leaves office in 2023. When asked what could be the reason for the delay in completing the Lagos-Ibadan rail project, he said it was not the fault of the contractors but the urban nature of Lagos. He said, “We have pipes. For instance, for the road to the seaport, we had to bring a company from Italy to identify the pipes and know those who owned them because the companies did not know their pipes. “The next thing is, if we try to dig out the pipes, the power supply wi...
Amaechi calls for Regulation of Social Media after Denying Bandits’ Attack
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Amaechi calls for Regulation of Social Media after Denying Bandits’ Attack

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has called for regulation of social media after denying an alleged attack against him at Rigasa Train Station in Kaduna. Recall that the former Governor of Rivers State was enmeshed in a heated exchange this morning after Bring Back Our Girls Campaign activist, Aisha Yesufu insisted that he fled after allegedly being attacked by bandits. In an interview with Channels Television today February 17, Amaechi wondered why people are delibrately working to bring down the government. He expressed hope of everything getting better when social media is regulated. He said; “This so-called social media, the earlier they start regulating it, the better. “We either start regulating this or there are people who deliberately want to bring ...
FG Approves Two New Seaports In South-South
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FG Approves Two New Seaports In South-South

There have been mixed reactions following the Federal Government’s approval of the construction of two new sea ports in Bonny Island in Rivers State and Warri in Delta state, both in the south-south geo-political zone of Nigeria. Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of transportation, who made this disclosure recently in Lagos state, also noted that President Mohammadu Buhari also assured him that a railway line would be constructed from Port Harcourt, Rivers state, to Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. But Checks by our Correspondent had it that since the pronouncement, some stakeholders in the maritime industry have lashed out on the idea, saying that it would have been more honorable for the Federal Government to put the existing ports in Warri, Onne and Calabar to a maximum ...
Okada Ban: Sanwo-Olu Acted Based On Public Interest But Crime May Increase – Amaechi
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Okada Ban: Sanwo-Olu Acted Based On Public Interest But Crime May Increase – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi on Monday said Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu must have considered the interest of a greater percentage of Lagosians before deciding to ban Okada and tricycles in some parts of the state. Speaking on Channels Television programmed ‘Sunrise Daily’, the Minister who was a former governor of Rivers state said he also took the decision to ban Okada during his tenure as some people were using it to rob and kidnap people. He, however, said banning Okada and tricycles without provision of alternatives may force people to go into crimes, as their means of livelihood has been taken away from them. “I don’t know the reason why the governor of Lagos banned Okada and tricycles, only he could tell because, for a governor, the interest of...
Rail: FG To Ban Heavy Cargo Transport By Road
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Rail: FG To Ban Heavy Cargo Transport By Road

The Federal Government plans to ban the movement of certain category of cargoes on some roads after the completion of major railways in the country. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, said this in Lagos during a panel session on infrastructure development and financing at an event organised by Deloitte on Nigeria Economic Outlook 2020. “As soon as we finish these rail projects, there are some types of cargo that will not go on road, whether you like it or not,” he said. While giving an account of ongoing rail construction and other new ones to be constructed, he said it was important to transfer the cargo movement to the rail track. This, he said, would enable the roads to last longer. He said railway transportation for passengers was usually subsidised but was ...
”We Must Build Port Harcourt – Maiduguri High Speed Railway Line” – FG
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”We Must Build Port Harcourt – Maiduguri High Speed Railway Line” – FG

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has said efforts are underway to construct the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail line. Amaechi spoke during the Deloitte in dialogue: Nigeria Economic Outlook 2020, held at the Eko Hotel and Suites in Lagos, Tuesday, on the topic, “Railway Infrastructure: Progress and Plan.” He said the total reconstruction of the Port Harcourt to Maiduguri rail line will include new designs that will have an industrial park. Amaechi who is a former Rivers State Governor also said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the construction of two new seaports in the Niger-Delta; one in Bonny, Rivers State and the other in Warri, Delta State. He said, “We will provide railway for Port Harcourt to Maiduguri. The President has assured me. We are discussing...
Completing Lagos-Ibadan rail line by April is no longer feasible – Amaechi
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Completing Lagos-Ibadan rail line by April is no longer feasible – Amaechi

Nigeria's Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has announced that completion of the Lagos-Ibadan rail line by April 2020 is no longer feasible. The Minister who was accompanied on inspection of the ongoing work by Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, stated that they will continue to work and redouble their efforts to complete the project and meet set targets.   His tweets read; Today, Oyo State Governor,@seyimakinde is accompanying us on the monthly inspection of work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line. We are going the whole nine yards. From the mega station in Ebute Metta to Apapa and all the way to Ibadan. A large chunk of this rail line is in Oyo State. Looking at the state of work in Apapa, completing the project in April doesn't seem feasible, especially the extens...
Chinese Firm Embarrassing Nigeria Over Lagos-Ibadan Railway Stations – Amaechi
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Chinese Firm Embarrassing Nigeria Over Lagos-Ibadan Railway Stations – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has described as embarrassing, the delay by the China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) in completing the 10 railway stations along Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail line. Amaechi said this on Friday during an inspection of the rail project. According to him, CCECC, the contractor handling the 156km rail line, reduced the pace of work between November and December. He said the government needed to meet with the construction company to sort out the issue. “The delay is becoming an embarrassment and I think we need to meet with the CCECC. We cannot continue like this. The speed has reduced drastically this time, we need to meet with the management of CCECC. We have a problem with CCECC honestly,” Amaechi said. ...
I Was Not Beaten In Spain, IPOB Evil Plot Failed Woefully – Amaechi
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I Was Not Beaten In Spain, IPOB Evil Plot Failed Woefully – Amaechi

The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has disputed the claim by the Indigenous People of Biafra that he was beaten in Madrid, Spain. The former governor of Rivers State said the Spanish policemen protected him from the “misinformed miscreants”. The spokesman of IPOB, Emma Powerful in a statement made available to Vanguard Friday stated the group beat the minister and that the action is in alliance with the order given by IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu. In the statement made available to the media on Saturday, Amaechi denouncement reads in part; “We must clarify that in the incident of the attack yesterday on the Minister in Madrid, where Amaechi was part of the official Nigerian government delegation to the United Nations (UN) climate change conference (COP25), IPOB memb...
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Minister Of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi Attacked In Spain

As confirmed by the minister Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on national assignment at a climate change event in Madrid, Spain. They were quickly repelled by the Spanish police before they could do any harm. I am fine. I was not hurt. Thanks for your support & prayers.
Amaechi Says FG Willl Build $800 Million Seaport In Warri
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Amaechi Says FG Willl Build $800 Million Seaport In Warri

The federal government is set to build a new Sea Port, estimated to cost $800 million in Pessu area of Warri in Delta state. Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi disclosed this Thursday, at the Petroleum Training Institute Conference Centre, in Uvwie council area of Delta state. Amaechi who was in company of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr Festus Keyamo (SAN) and Director-General, National Directorate of Employment, Dr. Nasiru Ladan Argungu tasked youths of the area to support the forthcoming project. The trio were in the state to present starter packs, micro enterprise enhancement loans and resettlement packages to 1,700 women and youths under the National Directorate of Employment empowerment programme. While urging youths to ensure the pr...
Amaechi Says Made-In-Nigeria Trains To Be Launched Soon
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Amaechi Says Made-In-Nigeria Trains To Be Launched Soon

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday said insecurity along the Abuja-Kaduna road has increased the passenger traffic on the Abuja-Kaduna rail service by 270 per cent. The route, which has a carrying capacity of 1,000 daily passengers, now ferries 3,700 passengers daily. Amaechi also revealed that more coaches would soon be added on the route to cater for the high passenger volume. This will also stop the passengers from standing on the coaches while travelling. Amaechi said, “The reason why we allowed standing on the Abuja-Kaduna train is the insecurity that has made it unbearable to insist on sitting. “But once we get the next 10 coaches we are sending to Abuja-Kaduna, the situation where passengers stand inside our coaches will be reduced. Although it wil...
Stop Using Gender Inequality For Political Gains – Rotimi Amaechi To Women
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Stop Using Gender Inequality For Political Gains – Rotimi Amaechi To Women

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has urged women in the maritime industry to stop marketing gender inequality as reason for their lack of appointments into political positions. Speaking at the 2019 World Maritime Day celebration in Lagos on Thursday, Amaechi urged women to focus on building their competence and lifting one another. The former Rivers State governor said women get appointments on merit. “I don’t agree with you on the idea of gender because the struggle is not peculiar to Nigeria alone, it’s everywhere in the world. It’s about the class you belong because there are millions of women and men who are dying of hunger,” he said. “Women get appointments because they merit the appointment. I have female friends who are very educated. “And one is Amina ...
Buhari’s Vision For Maritime Is Massive Job Creation – Saraki
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Buhari’s Vision For Maritime Is Massive Job Creation – Saraki

The minister of State for Transportation, Senator Rukayyat Gbemisola Saraki has said the intent of President Muhammadu Buhari in the maritime sector is to create massive jobs for unemployed Nigerians. She said as she oversees the sector, she would deploy her knowledge of the sector to actualize the President’s vision. Daily Trust reports that Saraki had been detailed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to oversee the maritime sector. She pointed out that having served as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Maritime for four years when she represented Kwara Central in the Senate, she has some knowledge about the sector which she would deploy to take the all important industry to the next level. According to her, the fulcrum of activities in the sector would be targeted at...
Gbemi Saraki To Oversee Maritime Sector, Amaechi To Oversee Railway Sector
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Gbemi Saraki To Oversee Maritime Sector, Amaechi To Oversee Railway Sector

Gbemisola Saraki will supervise activities in the Nigerian Maritime Sector in her capacity as the Minister of State Transportation, while the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amechi will focus on the railway sector. This was announced in a statement released earlier today by the Ministry of Transport. According to Amechi, “In my first term as Minister, I completely abandoned the maritime sector to the Heads of agencies. “This time around that would not be happening again as I have instructed that the Minister of Transportation for State should personally supervise the maritime agencies, while I just oversee what is happening. “There are two things that I have discussed with President Muhammadu Buhari that I will be focusing on in this second term as a Minister and they are m...
Uniport Honours Rotimi Amaechi, Describes Him As A Nation Builder
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Uniport Honours Rotimi Amaechi, Describes Him As A Nation Builder

The Management, Staff and Students of the University of Port Harcourt have commended the former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his contributions to nation building. The school also thanked the Minister for his donations and the impact made during his tenure as Governor of the State. Speaking at the 2019 University of Port Harcourt International Conference on Language and Literature, with the theme, “Language, Literature and Governance: The African Experience”, held at the school premises, Thursday, Acting Vice Chancellor, Prof.Hakeem Fawhemi, said Amaechi’s contributions to the school was remarkable. Welcoming the Minister to the university, Fawhemi said, as Governor, Amaechi made contributions that improved on the overall ...
FG To Launch Solar-powered Vehicles – Amaechi
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FG To Launch Solar-powered Vehicles – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Thursday declared federal government’s plan to introduce solar-powered vehicles as well as vehicles capable of driving on water. This is even as the minister said the Federal Executive Council has given a nod of approval of checkmating emissions from vehicles in the country owing to the resultant health implication for the people. Amaechi who was represented by the Director, Mass Transit and Road Transport in the Ministry, Dr Anthonia Ekpa at the 9th quadrennial delegates conference of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, added that the ministry will stop at nothing to implement government’s directive on the reduction of pollutants across the country. “Government has given the Ministry of Transportation a mandate to d...
What I Will Do If I’m Attacked Abroad – Amaechi
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What I Will Do If I’m Attacked Abroad – Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that he’s not scared of traveling abroad due to threats that Nigerian politicians have been marked for attacks when they travel out of the country. Recall that the former deputy senate president, senator Ike Ekweremadu, was attacked by some IPOB members in Germany few weeks ago. This has heightened cautiousness among politicians concerning their safety abroad. In an interview with Legit.ng, Amaechi revealed that self-defense is enough to keep himself protected when he goes abroad. ”What do you mean by that? Scared of who? I’m going to Geneva, let them come. You know there is something called self-defence? Abegi! ”I will go to America or an place I have function to attend to. The solution is not in attacking the politicia...
Abe Disagrees With Amaechi Over Venue Of APC Congress
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Abe Disagrees With Amaechi Over Venue Of APC Congress

The immediate past lawmaker representing RiversSouth-East Senatorial District, Senator Magnus Abe, has disagreed with the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, over the alleged move to conduct the congresses of the All Progressives Congress in Rivers State. Abe said in a statement on Monday that the announcement by Amaechi that the congresses would be conducted in Rivers was unacceptable. Amaechi was said to have announced to his supporters shortly after his inauguration in Abuja by President Muhammadu Buhari that there would be congress in the state. Abe spoke at the weekend when members of the APC Visionary Media Team paid him a courtesy visit at his residence in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital. He said in the statement signed by his spokesperson, Mr. Pa...
Rotimi Amaechi announces that Transport University will open soon in President Buhari’s hometown, Daura
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Rotimi Amaechi announces that Transport University will open soon in President Buhari’s hometown, Daura

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi announced on Friday, August 23rd that the groundbreaking of a Transport University, to be based in President Buhari’s hometown of Daura, would take place in September.   Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting Lagos-Ibadan railway construction. The minister said the ministry would also establish a factory in Kajola, Ogun, to produce materials for the rail project.   “We have agreed with contractors handling the university and the rail line to have the groundbreaking between September and October for the two projects. He said the federal government was expecting contractors handling key road projects to hasten work to eliminate gridlocks, especially in Apapa area, Lagos. He said the completion of the rail project would reduce ...
Apologise To Amaechi Now –  Ikwere Youths To Peter Obi
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Apologise To Amaechi Now – Ikwere Youths To Peter Obi

A socio-cultural organization in Rivers State, the Ikwerre Youth Movement, IYM, has called on the 2019 vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Peter Obi, to apologise to former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi. The youths pointed out that if Obi could not condemn former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s statement that Igbo presidency does not exist, then he should apologise for attacking Amaechi over a similar comment. The former Minister had said that for Igbo to be successful in their quest for 2023 presidency, they must play national politics. Reacting, Obi said Amaechi lacked political relevance in Rivers, adding that the former Rivers State Governor cannot determine the fortune of the South-East in the 2023 presidential race. Howev...
Amaechi Thanks Buhari For Not Converting Him To Islam
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Amaechi Thanks Buhari For Not Converting Him To Islam

Ministers at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday expressed appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for the opportunity he gave them to serve in his cabinet. At the valedictory session of the council, ministers in the cabinet took turns to narrate the lessons they learnt from the president as members of his cabinet. Most of the ministers who spoke hailed Buhari for his dedication to hard work. The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, jokingly thanked Buhari for not converting him to Islam, saying he was misunderstood and criticised for associating with the president. Amaechi narrated how he was almost chased out of Christ the King Catholic Church in 2014 for supporting the president, whom they alleged was trying to Islamise the country. “Mr President...
Amaechi, Ajimobi Inspect Lagos-Ibadan Railway At Ibadan Axis
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Amaechi, Ajimobi Inspect Lagos-Ibadan Railway At Ibadan Axis

The outgoing minister of transportation and the outgoing governor of Oyo State, Rotimi Amaechi and Gov. Ajimobi today inspected the Oyo site of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway line today. The Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, Honorable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and Executive Secretary/CEO Nigeria Shippers Council, Hassan Bello were in Ibadan for the inspection of Lagos-Ibadan Railway, shortly after the Handover Ceremony of the Ibadan Inland Dry port (IIDP) at Oyo State Governor’s office, Ibadan. These are images from the inspection...
2023: Ohanaeze’s Secretary, Uche Okwukwu Backs Amaechi, Says Igbo Can’t Be President
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2023: Ohanaeze’s Secretary, Uche Okwukwu Backs Amaechi, Says Igbo Can’t Be President

The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Uche Okwukwu, has said that the people of the South-East played themselves out of the 2023 Presidency by failing to vote for the All Progressives Congress in the 2019 general elections. Okwukwu said he was supporting the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, who stated that the Igbo had by act of omission or commission made it impossible for them to win the Presidency in the next four years. He made his position known in a statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, on Monday. He described Amaechi’s assertion as true, adding that the Igbo denied President Muhammadu Buhari a presence in the South-East by failing to vote for him (Buhari). He said, “Amaechi’s statement is correct because they b...
Contractors Successfully Completed 123 Km Of 156 Km Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project
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Contractors Successfully Completed 123 Km Of 156 Km Lagos-Ibadan Rail Project

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, said 123km of the 156 km stretch of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail project has been completed. Amaechi made the disclosure on Friday during his routine inspection of the project along Kila, Olodo, Ilugun corridor of the track in the outskirts of Ogun State. He said the project had been completed up to Kila village, a settlement on the outskirts of Ogun towards Oyo State. “We are already moving towards Ibadan, the track laying is now in Kila, a town on the outskirts of Ogun. “In less than a month from now, we should be in Ibadan with the rate the work is going,” he said. The Minister also said that he would inspect the Apapa port and its connection to the standard gauge rail to address the challenges of traffic gridlock i...
Kaduna Dry Port Officially Commissioned, Comes Alive For Use
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Kaduna Dry Port Officially Commissioned, Comes Alive For Use

Just like a dream, the Kaduna Dry Port finally comes alive today. The ceremony which was witnessed by the Kaduna State Gov., Mallam Nasir ElRufai, The Executive Secretary/CEO Nigerian Shippers’ Council and many stakeholders in the shipping business. The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says the Kaduna Dry Port will greatly provide the needed stimulus for massive economic growth in Kaduna state and the country at large. The minister stated this on Tuesday in Kaduna at a ceremony to mark the commencement of cargo delivery by rail to the inland dry port. The minister was represented at the event by the Director Service of the Ministry, Sani Galadanci. He noted that the progressive effort of the present administration in rail rehabilitation and construction was aimed ...
Railway: Amaechi Accuses Chinese Firm Of Breaching Contract
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Railway: Amaechi Accuses Chinese Firm Of Breaching Contract

Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria's Minister of Transportation has accused a Chinese firm, Chinese Railway Rolling stock Corporation of breaching a contract on the railway construction. It was learnt that Nigeria was to take delivery of 10 additional coaches that will be deployed on the Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan rail lines in June, they are part of the 64 coaches being manufactured for Nigerian rail lines by the Chinese Railway Rolling stock Corporation. However while inspecting the pace of work at the CRRC, Amaechi accused the Chinese firm of breaching a contract with the Federal Government by failing to meet the delivery date as agreed. He was quoted in a statement issued on Monday by the Federal Ministry of Transportation as saying, “We need the coaches by June latest. We need coaches ...
We Must Ask God For Forgiveness – Amaechi To Rivers State People
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We Must Ask God For Forgiveness – Amaechi To Rivers State People

Former Governor of Rivers State and current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that himself and other political leaders must asked God and the people of the state for forgiveness for things left undone and for the pain and anguish the people have “brazenly suffered.” According to the Minister, the state, known as the Treasure Based of the Nation, is now almost always in the news for the wrong reasons. He stated this on Sunday in his Easter message to Nigerians and Rivers people. He urged Rivers people and other Nigerians to have hope and a renewed commitment to wait till the resurrection morning. Amaechi said, “No doubt, our state has endured a tortuous political season, which saw political parties jostle and cajole Rivers people to make choices. “Our s...
Join Hands With Us To Move Our Dear State Forward –  Wike Begs Amaechi
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Join Hands With Us To Move Our Dear State Forward – Wike Begs Amaechi

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has called on the Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi to join hands with him to develop the state. In a state broadcast to mark the landmark Supreme Court Judgment striking out the appeals by Rivers APC on Thursday, Governor Wike said that Rivers State stands to benefit more if all leaders are United. He said: “Although the present politics of acrimony and bitterness may have strayed from the noble path of the past, I still believe that we shall be better of standing and working together for our State and our people. “I therefore appeal to the APC and the Minister of Transportation to join hands with us to move our dear State forward. We cannot as leaders continue to remain divided and expect Government to deliver on its ...