Amaechi Promises FEC Approval of Ibadan Dry Port

April 26, 2022
Ibadan dry port

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, has promised to seek the approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the commencement of Ibadan Dry Port before the end of May.

Mr Amaechi, who is also aspiring to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), made the pledge when he visited the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Olalekan Balogun, at his Alarere Palace, Ibadan, Oyo State.

The Minister was responding to Senator Kola Balogun’s request for the completion of the Ibadan Inland Dry Port, explaining that all the bottlenecks surrounding the delay of the project have been resolved.

Mr Amaechi assured the Olubadan that the project would commence operation once approved by FEC, adding that a railway station would be named after an Ibadan indigene.

The APC presidential aspirant said he possessed all that would take him to make Nigeria better if given the opportunity to become the next president.

Mr Amaechi said he was a detribalised Nigerian, adding that as a firm believer in the Nigerian project, his cabinet as the Governor in Rivers State had a sizable number of non-indigenes.

“Two Permanent Secretaries were non-natives of Rivers State to demonstrate my detribalised nature.

“I don’t belong to any geopolitical bloc as far as my presidential ambition is concerned.

“I’m not Hausa/Fulani candidate, I’m not Yoruba candidate, I’m not Igbo candidate and I’m not even the Kalabari candidate, but a Nigeria candidate,” he said.

He also promised to perform if allowed to govern Nigeria, recalling how he turned things around in Rivers State and made it a safe haven for both people and businesses.

“Whoever is conversant with Rivers State will attest to it that the place witnessed a turnaround during my tenure and this was made possible by creating an alternative to criminality.

“Whatever you do, if people are not engaged toward ministering to their welfare, crime will thrive,” he said.

Responding, the monarch lauded Mr Amaechi for being a detribalised Nigerian, saying that the Minister shares the same attribute with him on the oneness of Nigeria.

The Olubadan said that the Minister has demonstrated the capacity to wedge the country together and told him to feel free to knock at the palace’s door any time.

He, thereafter, harped on the unity of the country, saying that, irrespective of language, tribe or religion, “we are all brothers and sisters.”

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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