There are indications that the Committee of the House which is investigating loans secured by the Federal Government from China may have discovered that the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi may not be directly linked to loan procurement issues.
The Minister who earlier appealed to Federal lawmakers to slow down a bit had been invited by the House to offer explanations on loans procured for the execution of ongoing rail projects in the country.
Amaechi who appeared relaxed when he faced the panel made two disclosures.
He said the responsibility of delivering the vision of the Federal Government was that of his Ministry.
But on the intricate issue of loan procurement, Amaechi revealed that such matters fell under the belt of the Ministry of Finance.
Although the Minister had mildly protested what he viewed as a breach of protocol by the Committee, the Minister remained visibly controlled throughout question time.
Those who believe Amaechi is hot headed may have been disappointed.
What came clearly on stream as the investigation progressed was evidence that the Ministry of Transportation may not be in a position to explain the fine details that are linked to the said loans from China.
The Minister reminded the Committee that he was specifically invited to respond to loan procurement matters.
He however remarked that payments for milestones achieved were made by the Ministry of Finance after due processes.
“It may be just the beginning”, Ogbonna Nwuke, Spokesman of the Rivers APC said, “But we can see that the Ministry of Transportation has largely followed due processes in terms of its approach towards the execution of its functions.
“We are happy that the former Governor of Rivers State under whose watch so much was achieved in this State, has shown he did not go beyond his mandate by respecting the terms of agreement reached in securing those loans which are under investigation.”
Nigerians are following the house committee hearings with keen interest.
Many across the country agree that tremendous progress has been made in the rail sector under the current Minister of Transportation.
President Muhammadu Buhari had said on one occasion that Amaechi had surpassed his expectations.