The Senate on Wednesday described the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi as “a liar”, adding that he should immediately withdraw his comment that the upper chamber was delaying infrastructure development.
In a statement signed by the Senate’s spokesperson, Sen, Aliyu Sabi, the senate said it was not delaying any construction and that the minister told a lie.
Amaechi had earlier during a townhall meeting in Ilorin, Kwara state said that the construction of the Lagos-Ibadan and Ibadan-Ilorin-Minna -Kano rail lines were being delayed by the refusal of the National Assembly to sign the loan request by the Federal Government.
However, the Senate spokesman Aliyu Sabi stressed that the statement was false and a misrepresentation of facts.
The statement read: “As at today, the only request for approval from the Executive for loan was the one dated January 27, 2017 and signed by Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo seeking a “resolution of the National Assembly For the Issuance of USD 1 Billion EuroBond In the International Capital Market For The Funding of the 2016 Budget Deficit” and we immediately granted the approval.
“Also, in the letter quoted above, the Government mentioned the two rail lines cited by the minister as part of the projects for which the EuroBond will be utilised. So, we cannot understand what the grouse of Mr Amaechi is.”
“We view that statement based on false and misinformed premise strongly as a mere attempt to incite the people against the National Assembly.”
“The Minister should therefore withdraw that statement. Furthermore, the National Assembly will take up the matter with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.”
“As a former Speaker of a state House of Assembly, we believe that a minister like Amaechi should always check his facts and refrain from making unguarded and inciting remarks against the legislature.”