- Nigeria's minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, is no stranger when it comes to breaking new grounds
- His performance as the executive governor of Rivers state speaks for itself
- At the federal level, Amaechi is cementing his footprints on the sand of time
The minister of transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi recently inspected some facilities at the Kaduna Inland Dry Port, the first Dry Port in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, Amaechi promised that the rail line would be complete before the year ends.
“The current administration, with this project is doing everything possible to create jobs. Once we get our rail system operating and moving lots of our freight traffic then we will experience economic boost,” he said.
He also promised that the rail line will start running before the end of this year.
Also speaking at the event, the governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai noted that the project was inherited from the past administration and the current government is doing everything possible to make it work.
His words: “We inherited this project from the previous administration and we thought it was a worthwhile project worthy of support, and this is why we did everything we could to make sure it works.”
He commended the minister for a job well done, saying, “he has put his energy as a minister into the project and I'm sure we will be where we should be which is at least 22 percent of the the frieght traffic should be on the rail system soon, and once that happens, Kaduna Junction, which used to be the centre of rail transportation in Nigeria, will come alive.”
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Those who are familiar with the antecedents of the minister know that he doesn't fail to deliver when he makes promises like that.
Not even his enemies or political opponents would deny his penchant for delivering on his mandate and set targets.
Within a short spell in charge of the transport ministry, positive change is being noticed and felt in the railway sector and other areas.
A perfect case is the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, which the minister gave a timeline for its completion and he delivered.
“The minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and his team have put great efforts in the last few months to ensure the successful completion of this project under this administration.
“I am pleased to complete and commission it,” President Muhammadu Buhari said at the launch of the project.
The same can be said of the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, which he and the minister of state - aviation; Captain Hadi Sirika, worked tirelessly to ensure that the six weeks given for the runway repairs of the airport was strictly adhered to.
At the time he resumed, Amaechi made it clear that he was ready to make an impact in the ministry of transportation.
He told the staff of the ministry when he resumed, “I belief in the principles of discharging my duties. We are interested in completing all ongoing rail projects around the country because we don’t want to disappoint Nigerians.
“It is important that we realise that we have a mandate to deliver on our promises and there is competition among the ministers to deliver and we don’t want to take last.”
Shortly after his inauguration as minister by President Buhari in November 2015, Amaechi made certain promises to Nigerians.
1. To find a new course toward completing ongoing projects;
2. To complete all ongoing rail projects around the country;
3. To extend rail lines to all parts of the country;
4. To ensure a smooth working relationship with the Minister of State for Aviation for the development of the sector;
5. To fulfill President Buhari’s change agenda;
6. To combat corruption;
7. To look for the budget of the ministry and it’s implementation;
8. To always play by rule.
Almost two years down the line, it is safe to say that the minister is on course to delivering his promises.
Watch the minister reel out his achievements on NAIJ.com TV at the town hall meeting organised by the federal government in Abuja few weeks ago.