Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has commended the former Minister of Transportation and presidential aspirant of the All Progressives Congress Mr. Rotimi Ameachi for his efforts at ensuring that the Baro sea port and construction of rail line from Minna to Baro are awarded.
Governor Sani Bello gave the commendation when the Presidential aspirant met with party delegates to seek their votes to become the candidate of the party for the 2023 presidential election.
The Governor who described the award of the projects as great, explained that he has laid to rest some of the misgivings the Baro port and railway contracts had generated.
Mr Ameachi said the contracts for the Minna to Baro sea port and railway have been awarded and the Emir of Minna has confirmed the presence of the contractors in the state.
He also said that of Minna to Abuja has been awarded and work will commence by November as the loan for the project has been approved.
While wooing the delegates, the former Governor of Rivers state said he is the most experienced presidential aspirant considering the various positions he held starting from speaker of State Assembly, Governor for two term, Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Campaign Director General of President Muhammadu Buhari twice among others.
He said he knows the problems of Nigeria and has the capacity to fix them haven governed a state that was having security challenges like Niger State successfully.
The Presidential aspirant said he is a Nigerian seeking for leadership of Nigeria and not a sectional leader.
He recalled how as a Governor, he collaborated with security operatives and put up administrative strategies to confront the security challenges in Rivers state within six months.
He highlighted poverty and lack of a vibrant economy as the bane of the Nigerian society.
According to him “If you don’t provide food for the poor man the poor man will provide food for himself”.
“I am a Nigerian, I am not a sectional leader, I don’t want to be known as a Yourba candidate or Hausa candidate or Igbo candidate. I want to be know as a Nigerian.
“I have governed a state that is as bad as Niger in terms of security where there were activities of kidnapping and other security challenges where we brought down insecurity in 6 months.
“The problem of Nigeria is that we move from agrarian economy to a static economy, we do not go into manufacturing and production because Nigeria saw oil”.
The Presidential aspirant had visited the Emir of Minna Alh. Dr. Umar Farouq Bahago at his Palace to seek royal blessing and to also intimate him of the reason for his coming to Minna.
The Emir in his remarks said the nation indeed needs a selfless leader who is interested in the good of all.
He said that the immense experience of Amaechi qualifies him to lead the nation.