Buhari has not disappointed — Amaechi

President Muhammadu Buhari commissioning the Abuja-Kaduna Railway 4
File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi at the commissioning of Abuja-Kaduna train services

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says his pursuit for change made him to leave his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr. Amaechi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos last Saturday.

He said he would have done otherwise by staying in PDP to fight for the change, instead, he said he crossed over to APC because of his belief in President Muhammadu Buhari.

“I moved from PDP to APC because I was tired of what was happening in the party, I had the option to stay because of my position as the Chairman of the Governors then.

“I could use my position to fight them (PDP) and get what I wanted because I believed Nigeria was not going in the right direction by then.

“My attention and belief shifted to Buhari which was the viable alternative, I believed in the change mantra because it was the only way to improve on what is on ground.

“He has not disappointed because the economy is now back on track and is growing. This is evident in the current prices of food items because it’s getting lower,’’ he told NAN.

Mr. Amaechi said prices of food would further crash because of the efforts of the government at making the country self-sufficient in food production.

“With the change going on, the price will further crash because before this government came in, the price were soaring because we were importing food items, things we can grow here.

“Now the policy of government is working which banned the importation of rice, the price is now about N16,000, but before now, we are importing about N3 billion worth of rice.

“Before now too, we were importing another N3 billion worth of poultry products, we are importing tomatoes but with the ban, we are now concentrating on our local production.

“Many states in the northern part of the country are now growing rice in large quantities though by right, the South-South geo-political zone should be doing that because they are the ones in the swampy area,’’ he said.

Mr. Amaechi said the wastage in the PDP era was alarming, adding that the depletion of the excess crude account was supposed not have been.

“When Obasanjo was leaving, he left about 65 billion dollars in the Excess Crude Account, but this money was frittered away and we wonder where the money is.

“As at then, the price of crude oil during the president Goodluck Jonathan’s administration hovered around 140 dollars with this, they did not leave anything for the incoming government.

“With that kind of money, we should be thinking of connecting Nigeria through rail system. The rail between Ibadan to Kano would have been completed.

“Also the rail gauge between Port Harcourt to Maiduguri and Lagos to Calabar, but all the excess crude money was frittered away, we need to ask questions,’’ he said.



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  • forestgee

    Those who have committed suicide because of the economic pains of this government have nobody to speak for them…Amaechi is now spewing nonsense on behalf of those being killed slowly by the sad policies of this government.

    • solidarity

      supported, please tell him

  • Bassey Frank

    How will he disappoint when you used Rivers State workers’ salaries to install Alh. Muhammadu Buhari as president, expecting to be appointed Vice President?

    • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

      And then become Ag President in 2017 and President in 2019.

  • grace blessed

    Isnt this man Insane? giving us the impression that the price of Rice at 16,000 Naira is a welcome development when compared with 7-8000 Naira during PDP era. pls can someone pass Amechi the WEED.

  • princegab

    Oga amaechi would have been wiser muted

  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    “I believed in the change mantra because it was the only way to improve on what is on ground.”
    And what is the change mantra?

  • Isyaku Muhammad

    You are right Mr Amaechi

  • Rev

    I honestly don’t understand Mr Amaech Rotimi…Why is he indulging in self indulgences?>

  • Omoighe Emmy Emuata

    I am not disappointed either! Same parochial view of things as it were in 1983, he has not upgraded at all. He continues to apply tried and failed methods and expect good results. Its a monumental mistake having him as president. Anyway, the yoke shall be lifted off our shoulders come 2019.

  • Hinds Peter

    Make the wife work.Work 8 to four.With out pay.She is eating your food.She is clearer than you.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    You all Nigerians would like to marry Indians.And put them in slavery.Peter Carlos Hinds.Commander.Barbados.