Transport: Amaechi Pledges Completion of Abandoned Rail Projects

imageThe Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, who resumed at the ministry yesterday, has pledged to complete all abandoned rail projects in the country, saying that a fully functional rail system will ease transportation difficulties as well as create employment opportunities.

The minister, who was accompanied by minister of state, Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and the permanent secretary of the ministry, Alhaji Zakari Sabiu, said that he had come to the Transport Ministry to work in accordance with the change agenda of the present administration.

“Rail transport is the easiest thing to achieve if you get capable hands. We are going to work towards completing abandoned rail projects. They will help create employment and ease mass transportation of people. Our mandate is to deliver quality service to the people in accordance with the change agenda,” he said.

The minister stressed that corrupt practices and bribery of all kinds would not be tolerated, saying that anyone caught would be punished.

“I believe in principles; I don’t like protocols. When I say I hate corruption I mean it. I don’t give bribe and I don’t take either. If you want to relate with me, don’t give me money and don’t ask me for money. Just do your job creditably. Don’t see me on the road and run away; I am not as bad as they make it seem. Don’t steal, let’s be friends,” he said.

Amaechi promised to resume fully on Tuesday, after he would have been fully briefed by the outgoing permanent secretary, while calling on staff of the ministry to brace up for quality service as there is going to be competition among ministers on who will deliver first.

The permanent secretary of the ministry, Zakari Sabiu, said the ministry was delighted to have the new minister, especially given his track record of performance in the rail sector, among others.

He assured the minister of the staff’s readiness to work in line with the change agenda to deliver efficient rail, ports and general transportation system.

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