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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...
2023: Igbo In Delta, Rivers Can’t Use Southeast Slot, Says Anyim
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2023: Igbo In Delta, Rivers Can’t Use Southeast Slot, Says Anyim

A former President of the Senate, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, at the weekend restated his support for zoning of political offices in the country. But he said “political office zoned to the Southeast does not extend to Igbos from a zone outside the Southeeast political zone.” States like Delta, Rivers, Edo and Benue states have Igbo speaking people with some, including Transportation Minister and former Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi, reported to be eyeing the Presidency in 2013. The Southeast has been strident in its demand to have a shot at the Presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure on the grounds of equity and justice. Anyim, while delivering the 6th World Igbo Summit lecture attended by prominent Igbo statesmen at Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State, ...
Lamido Blasts Tinubu, Amaechi, Others Over ‘Silence’ On Attacks On Fulanis
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Lamido Blasts Tinubu, Amaechi, Others Over ‘Silence’ On Attacks On Fulanis

A former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido has accused leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the southern part of the country of being unfair to President Muhammadu Buhari and the Fulani ethnic group with their silence. Lamido, while speaking with journalists in Kano categorically mentioned APC National Leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige and former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha among those whose silence has further exacerbated the hatred against the Fulanis. Non of the APC leaders indicted by Lamido has reacted to the allegations as of the time of filing this report. He said the ‘hatred’ against the Fulani ethnic group which reached a crescendo with ultimatums issued in Oyo and Ondo state...
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...
Rotimi Amaechi Spotted With Crutches At Airport
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Rotimi Amaechi Spotted With Crutches At Airport

There was mild drama and confusion on Saturday when President Muhammadu Buhari’s Minister, Rotimi Amaechi arrived with crutches at the airport for an event. Senate President, Ahmed Lawan and Plateau State Governor, Solomon Lalong were surprised when the former governor of Rivers State arrived with clutches. As at the time of filing this report, it's still unclear why the Minister of Transportation is using clutches. IGBERE TV recalls that Amaechi had dared members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to try him as he is not scared of them one bit. Amaechi was reacting to the attack on Senator Ike Ekweremadu in Germany by IPOB members and the threat that they will continue to harass Nigerian politicians whenever they travel abroad. But Amaechi said he is not afraid of...
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...
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...
Tinubu May Lose Control Of APC In New Leadership Struggle
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Tinubu May Lose Control Of APC In New Leadership Struggle

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC had on June 25, 2020, dissolved its National Working Committee (NWC) where Tinubu and his associ­ates had a clear majority. They lost the battle as the management of the party structure is now in the hands of a caretaker committee and state governors who are bat­tling to reassert their control over the party’s machinery. Although the general view is that Tinubu will run for the presidency in 2023, but he has not announced any such inten­tions. Sources said the former Lagos State governor now ex­periences serious rivals in the party. The divisions in the party are said to be led by the camps of Nasir el Rufai, governor of Kaduna State and Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Trans­port on one side; and deposed chairman of the APC, Ada...
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...
Amaechi Says CCECC Will Build $50 Million Daura University For Free
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Amaechi Says CCECC Will Build $50 Million Daura University For Free

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) will build a transport university in Daura for free. According to the minister, the project which is in Daura, hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari in Katsina, is worth $50 million. Speaking during his visit to the construction site on Saturday, Amaechi said the Chinese compnay just got approval from the state government to commence building. He estimated that the university will be completed in September 2021. The minister added that the project will also include the construction of primary and secondary schools within the university premises. “There have been too much noise about them (CCECC) not constructing anything. When you got there you saw that they we...
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.
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...
Unemployment Drove Me Into Politics – Rotimi Amaechi
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Unemployment Drove Me Into Politics – Rotimi Amaechi

At a time, you were the president of the National Union of Rivers State Students. What were the highlights of your tenure at that time? That was a long time ago, so I cannot really recall what happened. I was very young then. I left the university at the age of 20/21. It was just a radical life in terms of what I believed in and I still believe in those things till now anyway. I believe that the poor are not properly represented by the government – whether it is this current administration or the ones before it. The poor are still here and I doubt if they would ever go away. What happens is that the elite – whether the capitalists or socialists – must manage them in such a way that they can be provided for. At what point did you develop an interest in politics? My father was a pol...
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 ...
Femi Fani-Kayode responds again to Rotimi Amaechi’s allegation that he embezzled 2 billion Naira while he was the Minister of Aviation
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Femi Fani-Kayode responds again to Rotimi Amaechi’s allegation that he embezzled 2 billion Naira while he was the Minister of Aviation

Femi Fani-Kayode has responded again to the allegation made by Rotimi Amaechi nearly 3 years ago that he embezzled 2 billion Naira when he was the Minister of Aviation. Rotimi Amaechi made the allegation during an interview on Channels TV in May 2017. He said during the interview that FFK ran away with N2 billion given to him by the Rivers State government to fix a deplorable Port Harcourt Airport runway. Amaechi alleged that former Rivers State Governor, Peter Odili (who was the governor from 1999 to 2007) handed the money to Fani-Kayode. Amaechi said to the Channels TV host at the time: "Those who shared in the corruption are busy dancing about it. Fani-Kayode, when he was Minister of Aviation, Dr. Peter Odili’s government gave him N2 billion to fix the runway. "It’s not ...
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...
FG Cannot Intervene in Ban of okada and Tricycles in Lagos – Amaechi
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FG Cannot Intervene in Ban of okada and Tricycles in Lagos – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has commented on the ban of commercial motorcycles popularly known as okadas and tricycles on major roads in Lagos State following an outcry that trailed its enforcement by the State's government on February 1. Speaking on Channels TV 'Sunrise Daily', Amaechi stated that it is not under the jurisdiction of the federal government to tell state governments what to do as implementation of transport policy is essentially a state affair. He said; “Implementation of transport policy is essentially a state affair. So you can’t be telling a state whether they want ‘okada’ or tricycles or not. That’s not our responsibility. It is for the state government to decide what to do.” Amaechi also stated that the Lagos State government has a valid ...
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 ...
Apostle Johnson Suleman’s Open Letter To Femi Adesina
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Apostle Johnson Suleman’s Open Letter To Femi Adesina

Nigeria’s unity is sacrosanct: The unity and togetherness of Nigeria is sacrosanct. Our collective peace is non-negotiable. I personally bleed when I hear drumbeats of war and yearnings for the dissolution of Nigeria, either from tribal or political overviews. No nation remains the same after war. Therefore, we can’t be fanning the embers and heating the polity of revolution or dissolution. On constructive criticism/ pro-good governance: Growing up as an aspiring journalists, late Dele Giwa was my role model, especially owing to his approach and activism mentality. Also, whilst growing up as a journalist, Femi Adesina was my view of an extreme perfect gentleman whom I loved from afar until we met at Government House, Rivers state, when former Governor and now Transport Ministe...
”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...
Rotimi Amaechi Meets GEJ For The 1st Time Since 2015
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Rotimi Amaechi Meets GEJ For The 1st Time Since 2015

Rt.Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the Transportation minister & former Governor of Rivers state met with former President Goodluck Jonathan for the first time since 2015 in worth caused a frenzy for the viewing public on the Friday the 10th of January in a function in Port-Harcourt city. This has made a lot of Political pundits to wonder why the masses are always the ones showing so much animosity even when the principals don't.
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.
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Amaechi Denies Collecting Pension From Rivers State Govenment

Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday denied receiving any money as pension from the Rivers state government. In his Tweet reaction to a story published in Daily Trust newspaper today, the former Rivers state governor said he does not believe that he should receive any pension as ex-governor while currently serving as a minister. “I have never requested for or collected one Kobo as pension from R/State Govt. “If offered, I will politely decline & request that the money should be given to Rivers State pensioners. “I do not believe that I should receive pension as ex-gov of R/State while serving as a minister,” Amaechi wrote. See his tweet below: Daily Trust had earlier reported that former governors and deputies who are now serving as ministers and members of ...
Rotimi Amaechi Announces Free Rail Ride On Lagos-Ibadan Route
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Rotimi Amaechi Announces Free Rail Ride On Lagos-Ibadan Route

Nigeria Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi has announced that there will be free rail ride on Lagos-Ibadan route till March, 2020. He made this known on Twitter. He wrote: Our free rides on the Lagos-Ibadan standard guage rail line will begin today and run through March, 2020. Commuters on that route can take advantage of it and save on transportation during the festive season & beyond. Let’s ride to the #NextLevel
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...
It’s Not True That Buhari Doesn’t Know How To Govern —Osinbajo
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It’s Not True That Buhari Doesn’t Know How To Govern —Osinbajo

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday disproved the insinuations that President Muhammadu Buhari doesn’t know how to govern. He also disagreed with inference that selfishness is the bane of those in government, saying that the Buhari administration is doing its best for Nigerians. Osinbajo said the efforts of the incumbent administration could have been felt more if not for the activities of those he described as “saboteurs” allegedly working against the government. The Vice President spoke at Saint Luke’s Anglican Church, Ikere-Ekiti, Ekiti State, during the burial service for Mrs. Moroluke Fakoyede, mother of the Secretary to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Mr. Ola Olukoyede. He said that Buhari inherited “a highly debased economy” from the immediate past admin...
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...
Buhari Lines Up Heavyweights To Battle PDP In South-south
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Buhari Lines Up Heavyweights To Battle PDP In South-south

The emergence of at least four heavyweight political ministers out of the Niger Delta is indicative of President Muhammadu Buhari’s determination to reshape the political configuration of the region in the interest of his All Progressives Congress, APC party sources have said. High level sources in the party told Saturday Vanguard that the dominance of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over the region would come to an end in 2023 as the likes of Senator Godswill Akpabio, Rotimi Amaechi, Festus Keyamo and Timipire Sylva fight to put the APC in the ascendancy in the region. Remarkably, the heavyweight ministers from the region have been allocated strategic portfolios through which they are expected to generate the goodwill that will propel the party unto higher grounds in unfolding...
Amaechi, Aregbesola, Others Named In Buhari’s Ministerial List
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Amaechi, Aregbesola, Others Named In Buhari’s Ministerial List

Former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has been named in President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministerial nominees’ list. We gather that also in the list are former governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; former Benue State governor, George Akume; former Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva. Senator Godswill Akpabio has also made the list which was announced on Tuesday on the floor of the Senate.
Ministerial Appointment: Amaechi Raises Alarm Over Planned Campaign Of Calumny
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Ministerial Appointment: Amaechi Raises Alarm Over Planned Campaign Of Calumny

Former Minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has raised the alarm over plans by known individuals to sponsor a campaign of calumny against him. This is coming as President Muhammadu Buhari looks set to send names of Ministerial nominees to the National Assembly. Amaechi in a statement from his Media Office, said the plan is to use activities of the current Acting Board of the Niger-Delta Development Commission, NDDC to indict him. The Former Governor of Rivers state and two-time Director-General of the President Buhari Campaign Organization added that his family are part of the already concluded plan. According to him, “We have uncovered a well-oiled plot to orchestrate a heavily funded smear campaign of calumny and lies against Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, the i...
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...