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Amaechi calls for unified South-South for speedy development of the Region

His Royal Majesty, Dr. Emannuel Sideso, Abo 1 the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom welcoming the Hon Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi

The Honourable Minister of Transportation,
  Rotimi Amaechi, has called on the
people of the South-South to be united as one, as a way to
 fast-tracking the development of  the Niger

Amaechi made the call on Thursday,
during the grand reception and empowerment programme held in honour of the
Honourable Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo,
 in Uvwie Kingdom, Delta State. 

The Hon. Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Mr. Festus Keyamo, with the Traditional Ruler, Dr. Emannuel Sideso, Abo 1 the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom

He said: “I have been working now for
the last five years as Minister of Transportation, with the help of the president,
I have delivered Abuja – Kaduna Railway and it is running. By January to
February we will deliver Itakpe-Warri.

sewing machines and other work tools for the NDE programme 

“The rails are ready and by the end of
December, the coaches will arrive. Between January and April, we will deliver
Lagos-Ibadan and by November 30th, 2019, we will start a test run of Lagos to

“But there is a problem. We did a
test run from Itakpe to Warri, but our young boys are not good. Lagos to
Ibadan, nobody stopped us, no village came out or harassed us, we are nearing completion,
and we will be out of there by April. But Itakpe to Warri, if I was not from
the South -South, I would have stopped the project.

“Warri sea port was not working. We
gave a dredging contract, six months we are arguing, I would have stopped it if
I was not from South- South. I have warned them, if they don’t stop, we will
pull out. Companies in Warri have all left.

“Imagine the number of people that
they would have employed, contracts they would have given if those companies
were still here. Now that they have all gone away, kidnapping has become the
source of livelihood,” Amaechi lamented.

The Minister therefore appealed to
the people to eschew crime and let development take its full course in the

On his part, the Minister of State,
for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, who was honoured by the people of
Uvwie kingdom, said before his appointment as Minister he had vowed to let the people
of Delta State feel the impact of his position.

“I want to speak from my heart, so I
want all of us to be united. The empowerment we bring will be for everybody, it
will not be for only APC, but for all Deltans.

“President Muhammadu Buhari has set
the tone for us. He has said he wants to lift 100 million people out of poverty
and your son (myself) and my brother sitting here, Director General, National
Directorate of Employment (NDE) Nasiru Mohammed, have been put in charge of the
agency to create these jobs and to lift people out of poverty. So, we should be
ready. You can see we are just less than two months in office but we are in a
hurry to come.

‘’I am happy to announce that the
National Directorate of Employment (NDE) that I supervise as Minister, when we
leave here, we shall be going to the PTI Centre 
where a number of empowerment programmes will take place for the
people  of  Delta State through the NDE.

“We shall be giving out small loans
to about 1000 women and youth today, items to empower some of our women and
kick off their businesses. It’s not much, but accept the token for now, sewing
machines, knitting machines, welding machines and carpentry tools and
cosmetology packs for women.

Earlier, His Royal Majesty Dr.
Emannuel Sideso, Abo 1 the Ovie of Uvwie Kingdom, thanked President Muhammadu
Buhari for finding worthy a son of the Uvwie kingdom to serve as Minister.

While giving words of advice he said,
“To all our political class, please note that a good politician is to serve the
people and the country and not to serve himself or herself. Let us not use our
campaign advantage position to wage war to the people we are supposed to rule.

“Also, the spirit of love among our
children especially those that are in politics is very paramount irrespective
of political party. Our children need to work together in love because it is
the only way Uvwie Kingdom can retain peace and sustain the progress.’’

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