- Rotimi Amaechi has spoken on his main objective of becoming a politician
- Amaechi made it known that he did not join politics to become a leader
- The minister of transportation disclosed that he was driven into the field to deal with the problem of unemployment
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A former governor of Rivers state who happens to be the minister of transportation in Nigeria, Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed why he joined politics in the country.
Amaechi said that contrary to popular opinion, he did not become a politician to be a leader or to solve problems in the country.
The minister pointed out that he delved into politics because of the issue of unemployment in Nigeria, Premium Times reports.
He stated: “I didn’t join politics because I wanted to be a leader or because I wanted to solve Nigeria’s problems. I joined because of unemployment. I also believe there is a part that grace played in it.”
Amaechi admitted that the poor in the country are yet to be properly represented and that it is in the hands of the well-to-do to manage the situation to the advantage of the less-privileged.
The minister said: “The poor are still here and I doubt if they would ever go away. What happens is that the elite – whether the capitalists or socialists – must manage them in such a way that they can be provided for."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a report had claimed that Amaechi played a part in stopping the re-appointment of Dakuku Peterside as the director-general of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
According to the report, Rotimi Amaechi did not submit the name of Dakuku Peterside for re-appointment as the NIMASA.
The report, citing sources in the presidency, said Amaechi favoured another candidate for the position. The sources said the presidency, however, rejected Amaechi’s choice and decided to pick Bashir Jamoh, as the new executive director of the agency.
Jamoh was reportedly appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Peterside after the expiration of his four years in office.
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