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    ‘We could infect 2,000 people per day’ — Amaechi says rail services wouldn’t reopen now

‘We could infect 2,000 people per day’ — Amaechi says rail services wouldn’t reopen now

Rotimi Amaechi, minister for transportation, says reopening rail services in Nigeria could mean an additional 2,000 novel coronavirus infections per day.   The minister added that Nigeria will return to subsidising train transportation if rail services reopen with social distancing in place to avoid the spread of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Speaking with Osasu Igbinedion on The Osasu Show, Amaechi said it [...]

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    NPA inaugurates multi-million-dollar tugboats

NPA inaugurates multi-million-dollar tugboats

Two new multi-million-dollar tugboats, MT Musawa and MT Ikoro-Ekiti, purchased by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) have been inaugurated. They were inaugurated by Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transport, on Friday. At the event, which took place at the Dockyard, Apapa, Hadiza Bala Usman, managing director of the NPA, said the equipment would boost the capacity of the ports to receive and berth [...]

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    Amaechi: I wish I was as disciplined as Buhari

Amaechi: I wish I was as disciplined as Buhari

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has expressed admiration for President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he wished he had his level of self-control. According to him, not many leaders can resist the urge to regularly respond to negative criticism as Buhari. He said this in an interview with The Punch, during which he said his role models in politics are Peter Odili, Rufus Ada-George [...]

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    Amaechi’s security chief dies of electric shock in Kaduna

Amaechi’s security chief dies of electric shock in Kaduna

Tony Iwelu, the chief security officer (CSO) to Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, is dead.  Iwelu died on Monday following an electric shock in his hotel room in Kaduna. Eric Ojiekwe, the ministry’s head of public relations, in a statement on Tuesday, said Iwelu had lodged at the hotel after an official assignment in the state. “The Chief Security Officer to the Honourable Minister [...]

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    Women are good managers of resources, says Amaechi

Women are good managers of resources, says Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, minister for transportation, says women should be given more empowerment opportunities as they are good managers of resources. Amaechi spoke during the empowerment of women and youth programme in Rivers state by the National Directorate of Employment (NDE) and the office of the minister of state for labour and employment. He expressed gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative [...]

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    Amaechi: We’ll ban road movement of some cargoes after completing rail projects

Amaechi: We’ll ban road movement of some cargoes after completing rail projects

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says certain types of cargo will not be allowed to go by road after the completion of major rail projects across the country. Speaking at an economic event Deloitte organised in Lagos on Saturday, Amaechi said it is important to transfer the movement of some goods to rail from road. The minister said the movement of cargo [...]

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    Amaechi: Buhari has approved building of two new seaports

Amaechi: Buhari has approved building of two new seaports

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the building of two new seaports He made this known while speaking on "Railway Infrastructure: Progress and Plan" at the 2020 national economic outlook in Lagos, on Tuesday. The minister said the new seaports will in Bonny, Rivers, and in Warri, Delta state. He added that Buhari has also assured him that a railway will be [...]

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    There’s improvement on Lagos-Ibadan rail project, says Amaechi

There’s improvement on Lagos-Ibadan rail project, says Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says there has been remarkable improvement from the Ebute-Metta to Apapa axis of the Lagos-Ibadan rail project. Amaechi spoke with journalists on Friday after inspecting the project alongside Zhao Dialong, chairman of Chinese Civil Engineering Constriction Company. This comes a week after the last inspection tour of the project, where the minister expressed displeasure over the slow [...]

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    Amaechi: How $200m vessel finance fund will be disbursed to ship owners

Amaechi: How $200m vessel finance fund will be disbursed to ship owners

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says the $200 million cabotage vessel financing fund (CVFF) will be disbursed to ship owners for the first time since it was established. Addressing journalists in Lagos on Thursday, Amaechi said the criteria for the disbursement will be drawn up by a special committee which would involve banks. The vessel finance fund was created in 2004, and [...]

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    Amaechi: It’s no longer feasible to complete Lagos-Ibadan rail in April

Amaechi: It’s no longer feasible to complete Lagos-Ibadan rail in April

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says it is unlikely the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line will be completed in April. Amaechi made this known via Twitter on Monday. “Today (Monday), Oyo State Governor is accompanying us on the monthly inspection of work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail line. We are going the whole nine yards," he tweeted. “From the mega station in Ebute Metta [...]

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    Amaechi: IPOB lied… I wasn’t beaten in Spain

Amaechi: IPOB lied… I wasn’t beaten in Spain

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) lied about the attack against him in Madrid, Spain. The minister was attacked on Friday while attending a UN conference on climate change. Emma Powerful, IPOB spokesman, said the attack was based on an order from Nnamdi Kanu, its leader. The spokesman said IPOB members “beat the minister”, adding [...]

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    VIDEO: How Spanish police prevented IPOB from attacking Amaechi

VIDEO: How Spanish police prevented IPOB from attacking Amaechi

Spanish police officers prevented an angry mob from attacking Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, in Madrid, Spain, on Friday. Young men with flags of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had filed out on the street waiting for the minister but the policemen dispersed them peacefully. The incident has been generating reactions on social media. See the video below: https://twitter.com/thecableng/status/1203061259232534533?s=20 [...]

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    IPOB attacks Amaechi in Spain

IPOB attacks Amaechi in Spain

Suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) have attacked Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, in Madrid, Spain. The attack took place on Friday, while he was on a "national assignment". In a message shared on his Twitter handle, Amaechi said the attackers were repelled by the Spanish police. “Some minutes ago, I was attacked by a few misguided Nigerians while on [...]

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    ‘Daura is not in Biafra’ — Amaechi defends siting varsity in Buhari’s hometown

‘Daura is not in Biafra’ — Amaechi defends siting varsity in Buhari’s hometown

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, says he has no regret that the transportation university was established in Daura, the hometown of President Muhammadu  Buhari. He said this during the groundbreaking of the university in Katsina state on Monday. Amaechi said he did not make the decision for personal gains, adding that the location could be compared to other parts of the country. “When [...]

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    Amaechi announces free Lagos-Ibadan ‘#NextLevel’ train ride

Amaechi announces free Lagos-Ibadan ‘#NextLevel’ train ride

Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, has announced a free train ride from Lagos to Ibadan. In a tweet on Saturday, Amaechi said the take-off point will be from Iju, and that the rides will run until March, 2020. He asked commuters to take advantage of the free rides during the festive season. "Our free rides on the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail line will [...]

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