The agenda for the new Minister of Transport, Chibuike Amaechi, has been set for him by the All Progressives Congress in his home state of Rivers – revive the aviation, rail and maritime sectors as soon as possible.
Amaechi, a former Rivers State governor and director-general of the APC presidential campaign organization, was sworn-in as minister on Wednesday alongside 35 others by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former governor, who visited the ministry immediately after the inaugural meeting of the Federal Executive Council, FEC, said he would formally assume duties on November 17.
In a statement Thursday congratulating the new minister on his appointment, the Rivers APC asked him to direct his attention to “issues that need urgent attention as the man saddled with running the strategically important ministry”.
The APC specifically drew his attention to the recent rating of the Port Harcourt International Airport, Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, and the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, as some of the worst airports in Africa.
“This is not acceptable to us and we wish that Amaechi quickly correct this shameful anomaly imposed on us by the immediate past visionless administration”, the statement signed by the Rivers APC chairman, Dr. Davies Ikanya said.
“Amaechi is coming in as the Transport Minister at a time when the railway system is moribund and the maritime sector in a chaotic state.
“We know what Amaechi is made of and we expect him not only to turn around the fortunes of the railways but also to do same to the maritime sector”, said Mr. Ikanya.
The party also said Amaechi deserved the appointment and assured Mr. Buhari that he would perform beyond expectation.
“We heartily congratulate our leader on his meritorious appointment as Honourable Minister of Transport while at the same time extending our heartfelt gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for his confidence in Amaechi.
“We wish to assure Mr. President and all Nigerians that Amaechi, who has a track record of performance, will deliver even beyond expectations if given the necessary cooperation”.
The APC, therefore, appealed to all Rivers people and Nigerians to extend all the necessary support and prayers to Amaechi so that he can “translate his magic wand exhibited at the state level to the national level for the benefit of all Nigerians”.
It equally congratulated the 35 other ministers and called on Nigerians to give them every needed cooperation to deliver and make Nigerians feel the positive change promised by APC