Why Buhari Deserves Second Chance – Rotimi Amaechi (Minister)

Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, said on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, that the Muhammadu Buhari administration has really done so much in all aspects of the economy nationwide.

He disclosed this in Abuja during an interactive session with the media on his ministry’s achievements so far.

The Minister of Transportation said the Buhari-led administration has achieved a lot in the fight against corruption, security, agriculture, road and transportation. Amaechi said President Buhari is tackling killings associated with herdsmen.

He said Nigerians will enjoy 24 hours of the power supply if Buhari is re-elected for another four years in office.

“There is an improvement in power. We have moved from 3000 megawatts to 7000 megawatts but we are distributing 5000 because some of the infrastructures are not in good state but we are slowly fixing them.

“The expectation is that it should be 24 hours power supply but there will still be a gap but if you give us a second term, that gap will be closed.

“In terms of corruption; this economy was a rent economy. Public money was spent anyhow and it was an economy that was not worked hard for. That is why you see politicians today very rich and one year after leaving government, they are poor.

“They are like that because they do not know how to manage the money. When Buhari came, he said we could not continue to spend anyhow. Buhari has not said people should not steal.

“But when you steal, there is a consequence for stealing. I do not want to say it has stopped completely but it has reduced. So if you say Buhari has not done anything on corruption, you are being most unfair.”

The Minister of Transportation further explained that the 2015 budget was six per cent (6%) capital but the current administration is using twenty per cent (20%) capital now, eighty per cent (80%) recurrent.

He also said that in the next two to three years, the government will get up to thirty per cent (30) capital, if we reduce the recurrent expenditure and deal with wastage.

“It is also unfair if Nigerians think the ministry of works is not working. The road to Bonny was abandoned after Obasanjo left government, the road was below N39 billion but it is now N120 billion that the federal government wants to do it.

“So, Buhari government is dealing with corruption, building roads, the worst roads in Nigeria used to be between Uyo and Calabar but it has been awarded.

“The road to Enugu too that people are complaining about: contractors are working on the roads already. The work may be slow but they are working. Also, the Ilorin-Jebba road has been awarded.

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