The Minister Of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, says his office through the Abuja to Kaduna rail line, now generates one million Naira, which he donates daily into the coffers of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government.
This might have come as a huge shock to his successor, Governor Nyesom Wike, who has constantly accused the
Transportation Minister of corruption, while he held sway as Rivers State Governor.
Amaechi who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on Tuesday, in Benin, revealed that the feat was achieved as a result of the increase in passengers’ patronage.
“We are spending N56 million per month, we are getting back only N16 million. Now there is an improvement; we now make N30 million, (that is) one million Naira per day.
“The improvement started last month, because of increase in passengers, because of the kidnapping on the road”, he said.
The Minister said that the government was using the previously generated revenues on the maintenance of the coaches and other logistics.
Amaechi added that the government would address the issue of touting at the Idu rail station, with the expected arrival of 10 more coaches. by October.
He however, disclosed that the arrival of the new coaches would require more resources for maintenance, in order to meet customers’ expectations.