Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi says the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari did not promise to solve the country’s challenges in one year.
Amaechi said this while speaking at a town hall meeting in Ilorin on Monday. He begged Nigerians to wait till the end of four years before assessing the performance of their administration.
“We did not promise you that those challenges will be solved in one year; if we promised you that, you would have given us one year,” he said.
“You gave us your mandate for four years, so you have to wait till the end of four years.”
He also said the federal government had secured a $7.5 billion loan for the construction of a standard rail gauge from Lagos to Kano.
According to him, the $7.5 billion was part of the $30 billion the federal government sought approval for from the national assembly.
The minister said $1.4 billion out of the loan would be used for the construction of a rail line from Lagos to Ibadan, while $6.1 billion would be spent on the Ibadan–Ilorin–Minna-Kaduna– Kano rail line.
He said work on the eastern rail, linking Aba to Port Harcourt, Makurdi, Enugu and Jos, would commence in June.
Amaechi added that that the loan, if accessed, would enable the government to embark on the revitalisation of rail projects which would in turn create more jobs for Nigerians.