Ex-Governor of Rivers State now Minster of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, while disclosing that President Buhari directed that Kebbi, Zamfara and Sokoto be linked in the rail plan, claimed that the President was not aware that the rail line was going to pass through his hometown in Daura, Katsina State.
He said: “The President summoned myself and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, that we should go ahead with infrastructural development and he specifically told me that I must connect the 36 states capital by rail. .
It is a huge assignment. Huge in the sense that it is very expensive to connect. By the directive of the President, We are currently designing a railway that would connect Gusau, Sokoto and Kebbi.
Transporting people from Benin Republic to Apapa seaport is not easy and to connect them from Benin Republic to Madakali; a border town in Kebbi, you need to pass through Daura and Jibia local government area.
The President did not know that there is going to be rail that would pass through Daura. When I saw it on social media that the President has approved a rail project to his village and that Jonathan never did, I was surprised because that was not true.
In fact, the railway to Yenagoa would have gone to Port Harcourt without passing through Otuoke but President Jonathan took it first to Otuoke, linked it to Yenagoa before connecting it to Port Harcourt.
I must also ask, what is wrong with that because Otuoke or Daura is also part of Nigeria, I don’t see anything wrong with that.”