The Oasis Reporters
January 23, 2020
At the #Thisday2020awards, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation was announced as Minister of the Decade!
For this, he tweeted, “Thank you to everyone at Thisday Newspapers for this award. I’m grateful to Nigerians for the opportunity to serve, the President for finding me worthy and his commitment to infrastructural development in Nigeria.
Rotimi Amaechi was also in the news inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan rail with Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde who raised hopes about the economic potentialities of the rail line and how best the government would cash in on it to raise the revenue base of Oyo State as infrastructure would be upgraded to cope with the new status.
Then in comes another realistic assessment a frank look at the prevailing level of work.
Hear Rotimi Amaechi again:
Looking at the state of work in Apapa, completing the project in April doesn’t seem feasible, especially the extension of the rail line to the seaport. We’ll however, continue to work and redouble our efforts to complete the project and meet set targets. #LagosIbadanRail
Looking at the state of work in Apapa, completing the project in April doesn't seem feasible, especially the extension of the rail line to the seaport. We'll however, continue to work and redouble our efforts to complete the project and meet set targets. #LagosIbadanRail pic.twitter.com/lp41Fy80X2
— Chibuike.R. Amaechi (@ChibuikeAmaechi) January 20, 2020
At least there’s another project to bank on as Rotimi Amaechi says that “The Itakpe-Warri rail line project is now complete and ready for commissioning”.
Quite cheering news for rail watchers and it is noteworthy that the Itakpe-Warri rail had been on the starting tracks since the presidency of Alhaji Shehu Shagari. He came to power in 1979 but was overthrown in a military coup de’tat by Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on Dec. 31st, 1983. Twenty Seven years after, this is when such a project is being completed. What economic potentialities the project was meant to activate, stagnated for 27 years ! It exemplifies Nigeria’s snail speed to progress. Not fast paced enough at all, with a rising population coupled with a negative boom in youth unemployment.