Some concerned Rivers sons and daughters have expressed concerns over the absence of the Minister for Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi at yesterday’s South-South Leaders Meeting with a delegation from the presidency in Port Harcourt.
Amaechi, City News had reported was the only Minister from the geopolitical zone missing at Tuesday’s meeting. While some have offered an excuse on the Minister’s behalf, others have described his absence as unfortunate and berated him for failing to play a co-host with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
Deputy Youth Leader of the PDP in Rivers State, Joy Oyaghiri-Fagbemi ask: “How can my Minister, His Excellency Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi be absent at this kind of meeting? All the states in the South South are PDP but the respective Ministers were in attendance except the Rivers State Minister”.
Another stakeholder, Sekibo Austin Charles said he is disappointing that Amaechi, a former Speaker for 8 years, a two term former and now a serving Federal Minister in his second tenure would stay away from such an important meeting involving his people.
However, David Oguzierm, national chairman of the National Progressives Coalition Initiatives (NAPROCIN) has called on critics to let the Minister be. He said the Amaechi’s presence at the meeting in the brick house is not as important as his developmental strides, which he said is visible in south south region.
Oguzierm said, “Chief Chibike Rotimi Amaechi is busy with his assignment, which is to connect Nigeria through railway. Over the weekend, a Kaduna -Abuja bound train broke down along the way. A man whose house is on fire does not chase rat.
“That route, especially the forest where the unfortunate incidence occurred is very notorious for criminal activities. As a workaholic, Amaechi has to monitor and ensure that all passengers are safe and that the train is promptly fixed.
“Apologies to South South people on the absence of the minister of transportation”.
He added that majority of those who received the presidency on behalf of south south are failed leaders, wicked rulers and selfish statesmen who he alleged are largely responsible for the deplorable and decayed situation of the region.