The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, has advised his colleagues in the Muhammadu Buhari administration to stop blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan for our woes, it is time for us to concentrate on good governance.
I agree with those who said we should stop criticising the last government and that we should do our own,â€ The Nation newspaper quoted Mr. Amaechi as saying during a meeting at his office Tuesday.
The minister decried Nigeriaâ€™s infrastructure deficit, drawing a comparison with other relatively new countries like Singapore.
â€œWe need to leverage on what we know. People are shouting intermodal transport; I went to the new airport in Singapore and I didnâ€™t find one person at the airport.
â€œAs you walk in, technology takes over,â€ Mr. Amaechi said.
He called for an urgent renaissance in Nigeriaâ€™s infrastructure, especially in the area of information and communications technology.
â€œThey also said in the next few years, they would introduce driverless cars. We should also think outside the box about how to improve our transport sector and think less about how sun and moon affect the sector or building more bus stops.
â€œWe should see how much investment we can put in the area of ICT. Intelligence transportation should not be ignored,â€ he added.
If heeded, Mr. Amaechiâ€™s call would mark a shift in Buhari administrationâ€™s approach to public engagement.
Since assuming office in 2015, President Buhari has led his appointees and party members to blame Mr. Jonathan for failing to properly direct the countryâ€™s affairs during his tenure.
Allegations such as senseless looting of public funds, nepotism, economic mismanagement and gross abuse of power are regularly directed at Mr. Jonathan.
In June, Mr. Amaechi slammed Mr. Jonathan for allegedly failing the Igbo during his years, saying the former president left the region in a state of disrepair.
â€œPresident Jonathan went to Onitsha and danced and promised to construct Onitsha bridge. Right? After that nothing happened,â€ Mr. Amaechi said at a social media forum in Lagos on June 13.
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