Foreign nations may not take Nigeria seriously anymore — Amaechi

He said Nigeria may lose the supports it now enjoys.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

/ by National Pivot

Former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said the country will lose support from foreign nations if there is no organization and cooperation between the arms of Government in the country.

Amaechi who made the statement during an investigative hearing of the House of Representatives Committee on Treaties and Protocols on Wednesday July 29, appealed to the house to stop the probe of the 500 million dollars loan from the Chinese government who may be forced to change its mind.

He said, "I have said here to the house, and it is a pity that I’m saying it in public, this government, outside Nigeria, they are sensitive to what you say. Nobody is stopping you from your investigation and no government from outside Nigeria can stop you from doing it.

“We are saying that Nigeria has applied for three loans already. For Port Harcourt-Maiduguri (eastern rail line), the minister of finance told me that she was stopped and told that the next borrowing plan would not be approved unless you get Port Harcourt-Maiduguri. Port Harcourt-Maiduguri goes through the south-east and the north-east.

“The only south-south town is Port Harcourt. We are about to apply for a loan. They will not grant that loan. Then you summoned us back to the House to ask why we are constructing Lagos-Kano and we are not constructing Port Harcourt-Maiduguri.

“Can we be allowed to get this loan? Then you can summon us, not to start what you are doing and the whole process will then be stopped.

“My fear is that at the end of the day, some sections of this country will suffer if they stop giving us loans; two projects that will suffer: the first one is Lagos-Ibadan (rail line), we have not finished disbursement."

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