Amaechi denies excluding eastern region from new rail projects

PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16).
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PIC. 7. MINISTER OF TRANSPORTATION, MR CHIBUIKE AMAECHI (R) AND DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NIGERIA MARITIME ADMINISTRATION AND SAFETY AGENCY, MR DAKUKU PETERSIDE, AT THE SUBMISSION OF THE REPORT OF THE MINISTERIAL COMMITTEE ON MODALITY FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE NATIONAL FLEET (SHIPPING LINE), IN ABUJA ON MONDAY (20/6/16). 4482/20/6/2016/BJO/NAN

The transport ministry says the proposal for a $5.9 billion loan to finance railway projects captures all parts of the country, denying the eastern corridor had been excluded as alleged by a Senator.

The Senate had, on Tuesday, resolved to summon the Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, after Eyinnaya Abaribe, PDP-Abia, alleged that the eastern corridor had been excluded from the plan.

President Muhammadu Buhari had in April sought the approval of the National Assembly for the federal government to secure loan from the China EXIM Bank for modernization of Lagos-Kano rail, Lagos-Ibadan segment, Kano-Kaduna segment; and the Lagos-Calabar segment.

But while the request is still pending legislative approval, Mr. Abaribe prayed the Senate to suspend the consideration of the loan bid in view of the alleged exclusion of Eastern corridor line and invite Mr. Amaechi to appear to explain basis for the exclusion.

“Exclusion of the Eastern section which links four zones of South-South, South-East, and North -Central and the North-East, and the key cities such as Port Harcourt, Enugu, Aba, Markurdi, Lafia, Gudi, Bauchi and Maiduguri is inexplicable,” the Senator said Tuesday.

However, Mr. Amaechi’s ministry, on Friday, issued a denial, through its spokesperson, Yetunde Sonaike, and explained how the infrastructural objective captured the part of the country said to have been excluded by Mr. Abaribe.

“The federal ministry of transportation wishes to state clearly that the south-east geo-political zone has not been excluded from the federal government ongoing rail projects,” read the statement.

“The two major rail projects of the federal government are the Coastal Rail Project from Lagos-Calabar, which traverse Lagos-Shagamu-Ore-Benin City-Sapele-Warri-Yenagoa.

“With siding to Otuoke-Port Harcourt-Aba-Uyo-Calabar and branch line from Benin City-Abudu-Onitsha, including Onitsha Rail Bridge. Lagos-Kano rail project will traverse Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan-Oshogbo-Ilorin-Jebba-Minna-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano, with branch line from Minna-Abuja and Abuja-Kaduna.

“The federal ministry of transportation wishes to state categorically that the loan from China Exim Bank will be used to fund the following three segments from the two major rail projects. Lagos-Ibadan, from Lagos-Abeokuta-Ibadan with extension to Apapa Port Complex with the segment two of Lagos-Kano.

“Kano-Kaduna, segment 3A of Lagos-Kano, Calabar-Port Harcourt, which will pass through Port Harcourt-Aba-Uyo-Calabar with extension to Onne Deep Sea Port,” it added.

Although Mr. Abaribe had included in his prayers that the consideration of the President’s loan request be suspended pending “correction”, the Senate decided to delete that prayer, but upheld the one seeking Mr. Amaechi’s summon.

The prayer to halt consideration of the loan bid failed, after opposition mounted by Senate President Bukola Saraki and Lagos APC Senator, Gbenga Ashafa, who said the “baby should not be thrown away with the water”.


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  • Dazmillion

    This is very unintelligent response from Ameachi

    • Uzoma John

      Very unintelligent response because Amaechi is involved. How many did Jonathan (with all the Niger Deltans and Igbos in his Govt) as President construct for the South South and South East for over 6 years as President?

      • 100%Black

        Which one has your messiah constructed? omo ale

        • Julius

          You did not answer his question.

          • Onyeka

            Uzoma a big animal

        • Uzoma John

          Enugu PH road is now motorable. Calabar/Uyo/Aba axis is now motorable. PMB is not my messiah and and never claimed he is the messiah. But he is working simple. What I asked is now that you gullible ones found your voices, what happened when our Igbo sons and daughters were gallivanting with Jonathan for 6 good years without remembering we need rail lines and good roads? Selfishness and greed never allowed any of them to see the development of Ala Igbo as priority. At least commend your so called enemy who has remembered to include you in his Govt’s projects.

          • 100%Black

            Buhari is a half dead bigot who murdered shiites, igbos, IPOB youths and ordinary Nigerians. He will burn in hell

          • Uzoma John

            It doesn’t matter if he is half dead or alive. Everyone will die some day. You are filled with hatred for no reason. Stop the insult. You guys are the reason why other tribes hate us Ndi Igbo. The question I asked you which you failed to answer is what have we as Ndi Igbo done for ourselves? I can see a HIGH PERCENTAGE OF YOU DON’T HAVE BRAINS. Needless joining issues with you. Waste of time.

          • 100%Black

            SCREW buhari. Your messiah will rot in hell

          • 100%Black

            And YOU are a fukking igbo slave looking for the next hausa or yoruba ass to lick. YOU modafukker efulefu SLAVE. NO PRIDE in yourself. Looking to others to validate you. Born slave & Saboteur

          • jamajake

            You are 100% right ,some fools on this forum might insult you.Dont listen to them

          • eshe_70@yahoo.com

            What do u want us to do when power is concentrated in Abuja? I agreed our own governors ain’t doing enough. Igbos have been pushed aside in Nigeria which is even worsened by Buhari’s 95% & 5% policy. Agreed too GEJ didn’t do any project meaningful in Igboland during six years of his inglorious presidency inspite of the overwhelming support given to him by our people

          • Osborn Alex

            Buhari is the messiah you have been praying for. Accept that simple fact. Deduced from your comment oo

  • eshe_70@yahoo.com

    So the only city being connected in the SE was Aba and then Onitsha by default through Niger bridge. No connection to Enugu,
    Owerri, Awka, Abakaliki, etc. So you wonder why Igbos are agitating for Biafra?

    • NwaIgbo

      True, I wonder too. If you get to Onitsha and Benin, connection to Owerri and other parts of the SE is possible and should be included.

  • George

    In a likely scenarios when Buhari dies which is just few days away people like Ameachi, Fashola, Kayode will lose this position because Tinubu alas Osinbaju will never tolerate them in the next forming of Osinbaju government.

    So Ameachi is a goner.

    • Dejandon

      So people like you are still wishing for the death of Buhari? What a shame.
      In vain is the net cast in front of a bird, according to the Holy Book.

  • Isaac Azor

    What is the faith of Port Harcourt-Enugu-Makurdi-Lafia-Jos-Maiduguri rail line? This and the Lagos-Kano are the two major rail lines in Nigeria. One is being modernized and nothing is said of the other!

    • Sam

      Step by step and slowly slowly catching monkey.

    • kinsly

      Can’t you read the article clearly? Railway lines connecting PH and ABA is included, also railway lines connecting Onitsha – Abudu- Benin is included. Including a railway bridge over Onitsha. Please stop listening to criminal Politicians like Abaribe,who has attracted nothing or moved any serious motion since he got into the Senate 10yrs ago.

      • laki

        I guess it is you who cannot read his statement. He said Port Harcourt-Enugu-Makurdi-Lafia-Jos-Maiduguri. These were the two major line. At least in the past I use the Maidugurii Aba line during my youth service What they are saying is that there is a branch of –to Onitsha from the lagos line. Nothing is wrong with Abaribe asking a question. That is is the reason why he is in the Senate to clarify facts

  • Shetty

    At least something is being done an Aba is also included which was not there in the original Jonathan plan that he fail to pay up Nigerian counter part fund which was just 10 % . The north east should be the one crying because none of their states or cities is included .

  • Deji

    Haters are people who are covetous of what you have, not a million explanation would ever satisfy them.
    Ameachi only undoing was for supporting PMB, can’t we see hypertension would kill too many people who couldn’t fault the outright wastage and inefficiency of the past administration.
    Stop deliberation on the loan? Abaribe, a conman for attempting to stall priority projects protest because his mentor thought less of any good in 6 years.