- Rotimi Amaechi has considered himself a huge success in the first term of President Buhari's administration
- According to the minister, the president will decide those who will come back and serve Nigeria for the second term
- Speaking on the constant gridlock on the Apapa road in Lagos, Amaechi said the Lagos-Ibadan railway will solve the problem
The former minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has rated his performance high in the first term of President Muhammadu Buharis administration, saying it is a huge success.
Amaechi who made this disclosure during an interview on Channels Television in Abuja, said his re-appointment as a minister for another term is at the discretion of the president.
He said: "I have to be the president, I am not the president. The president will decide those who will come back. So its between God and the president. I don't know.
"I am not in a position to access my performance. (I consider myself) a huge success. What are the promises the president made? He promised security. At that time, the problem was Boko Haram. To a great extent, Boko Haram has been decimated."
Amaechi explained that the Lagos-Ibadan railway will solve the constant gridlock on the Apapa road in Lagos.
According to him, before the traffic would be addressed, the Ibadan-Kano should be handled with goods cleared first before the decongestion can take place.
"My fear is that if we don't continue from Ibadan to Kano, then we are leaving the problem at Ibadan.
"We have applied for a loan facility from China. Once we get that, we will continue with the construction from Ibadan to Kano. And once we do that, you will see that the goods will be dissipating.
"We transport nearly about 30 million tonnes of cargo per year from that Apapa to Kano. As we are transporting it, only 200 tonnes go by rail."
In an earlier report, Amaechi dismissed insinuations that his ministry was favoured by President Buhari, due to his closeness to the Nigerian leader.
Legit.ng reported that while addressing journalists at his valedictory press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, May 23, Amaechi said talks about his ministry and that of the works, housing and power ministry being favoured by Buhari were because the president was genuinely interested in the infrastructural development of Nigeria.
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