By Gladys Nweke
A member of the Board of Trustees of the All Progressive Party (APC) and Board Chairman, University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Dr Sam Sam Jaja, has said that the Minister of Transportation , Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi, deserves another appointment in the next administration for his zeal dedication and commitment to work.
Dr Jaja spoke at the sidelines of the Minister’s 54th Birthday celebration on Monday, May 27, 2019.
He said, “He is such a character and he has a lot to offer this nation. See what he has done especially in the rail sector. Its a flag ship for me. He will do exceedingly well if given another opportunity. Rotimi is a great man and we need to support him.”
Attesting to his character, the APC chieftain poured encomiums on the minister and described him as an accomplisher, fearless and courageous man. “I have known him for years and I had an encounter with him in 1991 when he was serving as legislative assistant to the Deputy Governor and I was assistant director of sports and in charge of finance and the deputy was supervising my boss.
We had an issue which he was asked to investigate and his usual manner was rash in handling the issue and my director said ask these politicians if they want to compromise. So I asked him, we can’t understand, what do you expect from us?
“He looked at me straight in the eyes and said, ‘Oga, I don’t take bribes’. That was in 1991. The issue resonated two years ago and people are doubting him but it’s real, he doesn’t take bribes.
“You don’t need to take bribes to be wealthy. He has been a governor, let anyone who he has asked for bribe come and say he has asked for bribe.
“He is an honest man and he deals with people honestly too. People don’t like him because he is courageous to tell you what your faults are irrespective of who you are or whose ox is gored. It is not important to him. For him, you should do things the way its supposed to be done for the interest of humanity.”
Speaking further, he added, “In Rivers State, the testimonies are there- the roads he built, the hospitals he built, the schools he built, the scholarships even up till now,he has raised so many Rivers people.”