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2017 Budget Defense: What Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi told Reps

There was drama in the House of Representatives on Thursday as the committee on Transportation hosted Rotimi Amaechi, to defend the budget of his ministry.

The controversial minister was involved in an altercation with committee members during the probing section.

When quizzed about the circumstances concession of Nigeria’s railway system to General Electric, an American multinational conglomerate, Amaechi tried to justify reasons why the federal government had to sanction the deal finally.

In so doing, he made a claim which was swiftly countered by Hon. Mark Gbillah, a committee member from Benue state.

The Federal Government had announced in late 2016 that American company, General Electric (GE) would take over the management of the Nigeria Railway Corporation (NRC) under a concession plan between January and March 2017.

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, disclosed this while speaking at the first International Transportation Conference, adding that the 18-month window period before the take-over is within legal documents signed between the Federal Government and the American company.

Amaechi explained that the entrance of General Electric into the management of the nation’s rail system is to harness the full potential of rail transportation infrastructure in the country, in addition to creating new jobs.

The minister said that plans are underway to commence the construction of new seaports in Warri and Lekki. He added that the construction of the Lekki seaport is to commence in January 2017 at the cost of over N1 billion while the proposal for Warri port was still being studied.

He said more innovations are to be expected in the transportation sector, adding that the Federal Government has full knowledge of the current hardship in the country but is determined to curb corruption at all levels while turning the economy around.

 

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