Expect 24 hours steady power supply if Buhari re elected – Amaechi

Minister Rotimi Amaechi says Nigerians will enjoy constant
power supply when Buhari returns to power in 2019. Amaechi notes that the government of Buhari has succeeded in
the area of security and is working on herdsmen-farmers’ clashes. The minister also lists other areas of achievements by the Buhari
administration
Nigeria’s transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday,
September 11, promised that the country’s citizens would enjoy
24-hour power supply once President Muhammadu Buhari is
reelected into office in 2019. Amaechi, who heads the presidential
campaign organisation, also said the Buhari administration has
achieved a lot in security, road, and the war against corruption.
The Nation reports that the minister spoke yesterday during an
interactive session with journalists and told them that the
government was tackling killings associated with herdsmen.
“Nigerians have taught me a lesson I learnt in politics and that is
why nothing bothers me again. “The people praising you today, if
you see them when you are out of power, you will be shocked.
Those singing hallelujah and hosanna will still be the same people
to shout crucify him tomorrow. “We have done much more than
transport. 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. “This is why you see politicians
today very rich and one year after government, they are poor. They
are like that because they don’t know how to manage the money.
“When Buhari came, he said no and that we cannot continue to
spend anyhow. Buhari has not said people should not steal; he has
rather kept quiet to see who can steal because there is a
consequence for stealing. “I don’t want to say it has stopped
completely, but it has reduced. Before, there were many empty
houses in Abuja. People were building and speculating that new
politicians would come in and buy. “But we came in, we could not
buy because of the economy. So if you say Buhari has not done
anything on corruption, you are being most unfair. “Also, the 2016
budget was six per cent capital, but we are doing 20 per cent
capital now. We are doing 80 per cent recurrent and 20 per cent
capital. “We believe that in the next two to three years, we will get
to 30 per cent capital and we will get there if we reduce the current
expenditure and deal with wastages.” Not done, the minister
added: “It is also unfair if Nigerians think the ministry of works is
not working. The road to Bonny was abandoned after Obasanjo
left the government. “The contract sum for the road was below
N39 billion, but it is now N120 billion. When I was governor, I wrote
to the federal government under Jonathan that I wanted to do the
road for N39billion, but they didn’t reply me. “My final year as
governor, energy wrote that they would take care of 50 per cent of
the bill and I wrote again to the federal government, but they didn’t
reply because I was in APC. Now that the federal government
wants to do it, the cost is now N120 billion. “So, Buhari
government is dealing with corruption, building roads. The worst
road 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 road already. The work may
be slow, but they are working. “When we came, oil was $28 per
barrel and our budget was $35 and suddenly it dropped, but the
minister of budget managed it for us to survive. Now oil is $74, but
we still have not reached $110. If we get to that, things will change
rapidly. Also, the Ilorin-Jebba road. Contracts for the construction
of many roads have been awarded. “There is also an improvement
in power. We have moved from 3000megawatt to 7000, but we are
distributing 5000 because some of the infrastructures are not in
good state. But we are 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.” On insecurity, Amaechi said there was
improvement in the area as promised by Buhari. “Boko Haram no
longer have the power that they had then. Before we came, the
situation was worse, churches were not safe, but now you can go
to church freely and nearly all the security agencies that had
special protection have reduced their protection gates because
fears have reduced. “The threats, which used to envelope the
North, have reduced and we are addressing the ones in Borno,
unlike before where they would overrun villages and hoist their
flags and say they owned the villages. “If you ask of our
achievement, I think many people can attest to what we have
done. People no longer go through rigorous searches before
entering public places.”
Chris Ngige, Nigeria’s labour and productivity minister, said it
would be better for Igbo people to vote for President Muhammadu
Buhari in the 2019 election because of favourable indications that
he would win.

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2 Comments

  1. Good update

  2. ok nice

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