China Loan: Group Threatens To Recall Hon. Ossai

China Loan: Group Threatens To Recall Hon. Ossai
August 18 20:05 2020 Print This Article

…commends Amaechi’s commitment on proposed coastal rail

A group under the aegis of Progressive Grassroots Forum(PGF) in the Niger Delta region has said it would not hesitate to initiate a recall of Hon. Nicholas Ossai, member representing Ndokwa/Ukwani federal constituency in Delta State and Chairman, Committee on Treaties, Protocols and Agreements, should he continue to probe the loan facility from China which would be used to construct the Lagos-Calabar railway project.


The group also condemned in totality the move by Hon. Ossai and some leaders in the region serving in the National Assembly to deny the region developmental strides of the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration.


 In a release made available to the press Tuesday in Abuja , the Progressive Grassroots Forum (PGF) berated Hon.Nicholas Ossai for acting in a manner capable of depriving the region of the coastal rail project which connects Lagos to Calabar and other parts of the South-south region.


It also described as uncharitable the way in which Hon. Nicolas Ossai was handling the investigation, noting that any attempt to truncate the realization of the railway project meant for the people of the area would be vehemently rejected.


The group wondered why a lawmaker from the region who ought to have used his position to cooperate with the Minister of Transportation to bring about the success of the railway project to the people would now become a hindrance to the project.


The statement which reads in parts said ” We must join hands to condemn the move by some Niger Delta Leaders to deny us our share of the developmental strides  of the current administration as deserved. We are not happy that our own son , Hon. Nicholas Ossai is the one questioning the rationality of the loans for the proposed rail project coming to the South-south.
” We are particularly disturbed by the development.

How on earth would our own brother elected to bring about developments in the region turn against his own people by probing the loan which would bring about overall developments to our people, even when he knows that probing the loan can scare the Chinese from granting Nigeria the loan thereby denying us the project.


” For the avoidance of doubt, let it be made clear that we are not in any way stopping the committee on Treaties , Protocols and Agreements from performing it’s job, what we are saying is that the committee chaired by Hon. Ossai should suspend the probe until the loan facility is granted by China.


” The Minister of Transportation Rt.Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has said it countlessly that should the committee continue with the probe , it may scare the Chinese from granting Nigeria the loan meant for the coastal rail line.

 
“So it is in this regard that we are calling on the committee Chairman and his members to suspend forthwith, the probe until the loan is granted, to enable the South -south region benefit from the railway project”, it said.


While calling on prominent leaders of the region to call Hon. Ossai to order, the Progressive Grassroots Forum (PGF) warned that any further attempt by Hon. Ossai and his co-travelers to deny the region developments meant for them under the present administration would not be tolerated. Recall that the Minister of Transportation Rt.Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi had in a public hearing of the committee, said the country stand the chance of loosing the loan should the National Assembly continue it’s probe on the project.

 
The PGF further commended the Transportation Minister for his commitment to job delivery and advised him to continue to push for developments in the South-south region.


” We are particularly happy to have someone like the Minister of Transportation Rt.Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi as our son, he has been championing developments in the region right from his days as governor and we know that he is fearless and would not allow anyone to deprive us from having the rail project. We commend his drive in project delivery particularly the Lagos-Ibadan railway where over 20,000 workers were employed, we pray that he continues to push for the realization of the coastal rail without fear nor intimidation by any person or group of persons that does not mean well for our people”, the statement said.

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