Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says President Muhammadu Buhari directed that old and abandoned projects be completed after he was appointed a minister.
Amaechi disclosed this during a programme, the ‘Next Level Presentation’ at the Presidential Villa Banquet Hall to signal the commencement of the campaign of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 general elections.
The minister who made a presentation titled `What We are Building ’ said Nigeria was compelled to make a choice between good and bad.
His words: “When I was appointed the Minister for Transportation, the president warned–do not start new contracts, go and complete old ones.
“We met Itakpe –Warri Rail line which had been in existence for 34 years uncompleted; it would have been the first Standard Guage line in Africa if it was completed.
“Based on the president’s instruction, I did a memo; I thought we will borrow money from China, but the president refused. He said we should use our internal funds to execute the project.
“People saw me on social media on Train service from Warri to Itakpe. I got to Warri 8 pm because I was going from one station to the other—almost all the villages and most prominent members of PDP made sure that train stations were in their villages.
“So, I am compelled to do those stations in villages of members of PDP; it is okay; it is the instruction of the president that you must go and finish the old work.’’
He said that the tradition in the past was that once one was elected, one left the old things for the old people and awarded new contracts.
The Transportation minister said the ministry will start commercial service from Itakpe to Warri.