By PRECIOUS IBINABO DAVIDS, Port Harcourt
By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
Leaders from Niger Delta region on Friday congratulated the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi on the occasion of his 52nd birthday.
In a statement signed by the Director of Communication of the Niger Delta People’s Movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Thompson Tatua, the leaders described Amaechi as an epitome of selfless service to Nigeria, particularly the Niger Delta region.
They praised the minister for his immense contributions to the development of Nigeria.
“Rotimi Amaechi instilled financial discipline in the ministry of transport and its agencies and provided safety measures at the nation’s airports.
Specifically the leaders commended Amaechi for the rehabilitation of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport’s runway, the completion of the international terminal at the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu and the Controller Pilot Data Link Communication (CPDLC) at Kano and Lagos.
They also praised Amaechi for displaying an uncommon zeal and passion about growing the transport industry.
“Amaechi completed the Abuja-Kaduna railway line, worked on the standard gauge on the following routes: Calabar-Lagos line, Lagos Seaports; and the Lagos-Kano: Lagos-Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna-Kaduna-Kano and signed an MOU with Chinese Company, China Railways Construction Corporation (CRCC) for Investment for the completion of the Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri (Aladja Jetty) Railway Line and from Aladja to Warri town Port, Refinery and from Itakpe to Abuja”.
“Amaechi is making efforts to complete all outstanding rail projects in due time. Work has commenced on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line” the leaders said.
They commended the minister for opening up the transportation sector completely to the private sector, saving N53 billion from the ship building fund and through the rebranding of NIMASA..
“There is on-going rehabilitation of infrastructure at the seaports. He inaugurated the Bakassi Deep Sea Port steering and delivery committee while plans for the construction of Deep Sea Ports in Lekki and Badagry as well as completion of the Lokoja port have begun.
The leaders praised Amaechi for putting Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth and development.
“Interestingly, Rotimi Amaechi has sustained the confidence of maritime stakeholders and investors. He has maintained unprecedented commitment to forming a better maritime and shipping policy direction. He overhauled NIMASA by reversing policy of the past administration where national infrastructural assets were given to militia leaders to protect as against established bodies like the Nigerian Navy.
“Rotimi Amaechi remains an outstanding leader in Nigeria”
The leaders advised Amaechi to disregard the criticism of him by Governor Nyesom Wike.
“Governor Nyesom Wike is the wrong person to raise issues of development and corruption against anybody”.
They also enjoined Nigerians to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to build a united, virile and progressive nation.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to the growth and development of Nigeria” the leaders said.
The leaders while wishing Amaechi good health and happiness thanked him for providing purposeful leadership in Nigeria and promoting the interest of the Niger Delta region.