NPA board: Groups reject Ricketts’ appointment as chairman

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A group known as Coalition of All Progressives Congress (APC) Support Groups in Nigeria, Cross River State chapter, has rejected the appointment of Chief Akin Rickett as Chairman of the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA). The group, which advised the President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate the background of those who are nominated for appointments, warned the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to stop meddling in the affairs of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Cross Rivers State. The group, in a communiqué endorsed by Comrade Iso Bassey Edim, State Chairman, Hon Edo Owan, …

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APC CRISIS: Amaechi, S’South leaders shop for Oshiomhole’s replacement

There are strong indications last night that the leadership crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) may linger for now, as sources yesterday said the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, alongside some South-South leaders have commenced moves to shop for a replacement for the suspended National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. Saturday Telegraph learnt that the latest move, according to the sources, is aimed ensuring that the positions remains in the South-South geo-political area. However, it was gathered last night that there were some internal wranglings among the…

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The criminality of flimsy excuses

Few days ago, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi was on African Independent Television (AIT) to defend his paymasters. It is not my business what other lies the minister told whilst on that ill-fated episode. But I am concerned about the unfortunate criminal excuse that he gave for the blatant refusal of the Buhari Administration to initiate and execute federal projects in Rivers State. Hear Amaechi: “Nobody is ready to discuss doing railway to Rivers State because of insecurity and kidnapping.” This was the same Amaechi that narrowly escaped being…

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Alleged $130,000 fraud: ICPC arrests Athletics Federation’s Secretary General

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The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has announced the arrest of the Secretary-General of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Mr. Amaechi Akawu. The Commission said Akawu was arrested over allegations of misappropriation of $130, 000 belonging to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). In a statement by its spokesperson, Mrs. Rasheedat Okoduwa, the ICPC said: “Akawu was detained on Tuesday 22nd October, 2019 following his arrest and was subsequently released on administrative bail the next day, to enable him submit some vital documents that were requested by investigators…

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Rail transport: 20 new coaches to arrive within 6 weeks – Amaechi

Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday said that 20 new coaches for the Abuja-Kaduna and the Lagos-Ibadan rail lines would arrive in the country in about six weeks. He made this known while answering questions from newsmen on his arrival from China at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja. Explaining the thrust of his visit to China, where he took delivery of some new coaches, Amaechi said: “We went for two items, basically to get more locomotives and coaches. They’re all ready. It will take six weeks to…

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Amaechi fixes Sept for ground breaking of Transport Varsity, Daura

The Minister of Transportation,  Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday said the  ground-breaking of the Transport University,  Daura, would take place in September. Amaechi disclosed this while inspecting the Lagos-Ibadan rail line construction. The minister said the ministry would also establish a factory in Kajola, Ogun, to produce materials for the rail project. “We have agreed with contractors handling the university and the rail line to have the ground-breaking between September and October for the two projects. He said the Federal Government was expecting contractors handling key road projects to hasten work…

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Amaechi: Uproar as Lawan violates Senate rule

There was an uproar on the floor of the Senate yesterday during the screening of a former Minister of Transportation, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi as a ministerial nominee, following the decision of the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, to accord him a privilege exclusive to former members of the National Assembly. The screening of nominees forwarded to the upper legislative chamber by President Muhammadu Buhari had continued peacefully until it was the turn of Amaechi when agitation and noisy gestures enveloped the chamber. President of the Senate, Lawan had to…

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NDDC management: Amaechi alleges plot to smear him

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The immediate past Minister of Transportation, Chibuuke Rotimi Amaechi, yesterday alleged of a plot by some persons to smear his name through publications that aim to misinform the public that he was responsible for the management and operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). Amaechi, in a statement issued by his office, noted that those allegedly behind the move intended to misrepresent the happenings at the NDDC in a bid to accomplish their ‘operation destroy Amaechi campaign.’ The statement reads in part; “As we write this, we are aware…

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Amaechi warns NRC Board members against slowness

The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, yesterday, warned the newly inaugurated members of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) Board, not to slow down the work of the Ministry and the Agency in the execution of this Administration’s strategy for rail development in the country. Amaechi gave the warning at the Ministry’s Conference room, Abuja, while inaugurating the NRC Board members and the Chairman of the Board, Engr. Ibrahim Alhassan. “We should continue from where the last Chairman stopped. With him and the MD, NRC, we were able to effectively…

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Amaechi, Akpabio reconcile, pledge to strengthen APC

A new chapter of cooperation within the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun as two frontline leaders of the party from the South- South region, the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and the former Governor of Akwa Ibom State and ex-minority leader of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, have agreed to iron out their perceived political differences. It was the first time the duo were meeting in a friendly atmosphere, after nearly six years of separation and working on different sides of the political spectrum. The meeting was brokered by two…

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