“Poverty, inequality responsible for threats to Nigeria’s existence” – Amaechi

…Says Hadiza Bala not suspended, but asked to step aside  The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has blamed poverty and inequality for the challenges currently threatening Nigeria’s corporate existence. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, (UNN), Amaechi, who was governor of Rivers State for eight years and speaker of the state House of Assembly for eight years prior, said there cannot be genuine democracy in a society divided by unequal access to the good things of life. The minister said that inequality has produced an…

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Buhari inaugurates Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge

President Muhammadu Buhari has officially inaugurated the 157km double track Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge. The inauguration ceremony took place on Thursday morning. Some top officers, including three ministers, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and all the governors of the South-West region, except that of Ondo who sent his deputy, were present at the occasion. Some royal fathers, led by representatives from the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Gbadebo, witnessed the occasion. President Buhari, who had earlier appeared in an interview on…

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Kano-Kaduna rail line project to commence in July – Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that as the ministry was rounding up the Lagos-Ibadan rail project billed to be inaugurated in June, the ministry was set to commence work to link Kano-Kaduna with rail. In a statement issued yesterday by his Media Aide, Taiye Elebiyo-Edeni, said Amaechi made this known when he led a delegation of Nigerian Shippers Council and Nigeria Railway Corporation on a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of Kano State. According to Amaechi, because of the economic viability of the State, the…

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Wike accuses Amaechi of diverting power $308m projects

The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike, yesterday accused the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, of diverting the proceeds from the sale of the State’s power projects and aircraft worth $308 million. The governor, according to a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Media, Kelvin Ebiri, stated this when he received two former chairmen of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Dr. Davies Ikanya and Hon. Igo Aguma, who defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in Port Harcourt. He also challenged his predecessor to mention any federal project he…

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NPA MD sack: “Hadiza was power-drunk” – Maritime Forum Chairman, Elder Asu Beks 

…Likened her to Diezani of the maritime sector The Convener and Chairman of Maritime Elders Forum, Chief Asu Beks, has accused Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, of being ‘power drunk’ during her management at the Authority prior to her suspension by President Muhammadu Buhari. Elder Asu Beks, who is also the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Maritime Media Limited, revealed this while featuring on Liberty Television and Radio programme: ‘Dialogue’. The elder maritime chieftain, while speaking on the controversy surrounding the alleged infractions by…

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Bala-Usman: Amaechi drops ‘unremitted’ N165bn claim, instructs panel to investigate MD for ‘insubordination’

…’Disband Investigative  Panel’, Katsina youths urge Buhari The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has made a U-turn, as the Panel of Enquiry he set up to investigate the alleged shortfall in operating surpluses by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) under the leadership of the suspended MD/CEO, Ms. Hadiza Bala-Usman. It was gathered that the Panel will now probe her for insubordination, as against the earlier claim of not remitting operating surplus of N165 billion to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CFR) account. This comes as the youths in Katsina State, under…

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“Truth will always triumph” — Suspended NPA MD, Usman

The suspended Managing Director of Nigerian Port Authority, (NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman, on Thursday said that the truth will always triumph. Hadiza is currently under investigation over N167 billion unremitted funds to the Federal Government purse by the panel set up by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi. However, on Thursday on her Twitter handle, she said the truth will always triumph. In a pose with Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, she captioned the photo, “Eid Mubarak….”Taqabbalallāhu minnā wa minkum” – (May Allah accept…

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Amaechi inaugurates 7-man panel to probe suspended NPA MD, Hadiza Bala-Usman

The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, today inaugurated a seven-man Panel of Enquiry to probe the suspended Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, (NPA), Hazida Bala-Usman. The panel, according to him, is to examine and investigate the administrative policies and strategies adopted by the suspended Managing Director while at the helms and confirm compliance with extant laws and rules from 2016 till date. The minister, during the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, noted that the terms of reference of the panel include examining and investigating issues leading to…

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How Ameachi exposed Hadiza Usman to President Buhari over NPA’s unremitted N165.320bn

Fresh facts have emerged over the immediate reasons for the sack of the erstwhile Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA), Hadiza Bala Usman. According to a memo addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari that may have sealed the fate of the Kaduna state-born female activist, personally written and signed by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Ameachi, the Minister complained of the inability of the NPA’s management to account for the unremitted amount of N165.320 billion between 2016 to 2020. In the memo, titled: ”Remittance of Operating Surplus to the Consolidated…

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Senate approves $1.5bn, €995m external loan for FG

The sum of $1.5 billion and Euro 995 million external loans has on Tuesday been approved for the Federal Government by the Senate. The approval was granted by the Senate following the consideration of the report of of its Committee on Local and Foreign Debts on the external borrowing plan of the Federal Government at plenary. Chairman of the Committee, Senator Clifford Ordia, presented the report. This is conung on the heels of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi’s recent comments that the “selfishness” of some lawmakers that resulted in…

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