Amaechi threatens to expose saboteurs of $195million waterways contract

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi

The Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi has threatened to expose people sabotaging the take off of the $195million contract for securing Nigerian territorial waters.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had approved $195M Contract for the Security and Safety project of the Nation’s territorial waters, unfortunately, the project has been placed on hold.

Amaechi, while speaking during the 2nd Maritime Stakeholders’ interactive Forum organised by the Federal Ministry of Transportation in Warri, Delta State, stressed the need for the Stakeholders in the zone to vehemently oppose those who are working against the take-off of the project.

He noted that these people, including some few Security Personnel, are the ones benefiting and making billions of Naira from the bad system, promising that he would mention names when his current efforts to solve the problem become hopeless.

“There are some people in the system making efforts to sabotage the Contract by stopping the Security Contract. They knew that if there is Security, they won’t impose any kind of levies on you.” He said.

According to him, the Contract is part of the measures being put in place by the Federal Government to secure Nigerian Waterways for legitimate business to thrive and also solve part of the Niger– Delta problem.

Amaechi, therefore, urged the ship owners in the country especially those from the zone to join hands with him in fighting the saboteurs of the Federal Government’s security efforts.

“You must come up with your petition, indicating how much you are losing with statistics to support its impact on the economy so that we can convey it to the President.’’ he said.

He also warned the public servants, who are working against the implementation of the Security Project to desist saying that he would work within his capacity to secure the Nigerian waterways.

“We need to restore Warri as it used to be so that Warri and Port Harcourt can bounce back’’ he added.

He lamented that incessant insecurity within the Eastern Coastline was responsible for the low level of economic activities in the Ports especially Warri Port and Onne port in Delta state and Rivers State.

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