Forty staff, friends and associates translates to hotel rooms, air tickets and meals for forty people. This is amidst the devastating economic recession where average Nigerians are languishing in hunger; where most people in IDP camps are being raped for food, where the Federal Government is going borrowing again aside trillions of Naira that have already been borrowed.
Information availed LeadingReporters showed that 40 staff from the Ministry of Transport and other ancillary agencies travelled to Lagos with the Minister of Transport and former Governor of Rivers State Rotimi Amaechi for the 2016 World Maritime Day merry making with their National Port Authority counterpart. The Lagos merry making is the celebration of the 2016 World Maritime Day tagged “Shipping, indispensable to the world” held in Lagos.
It would be recalled that the appointment of Ms. Hadiza Usman was allegedly influenced by Amaechi on the recommendation of one of the President’s confidants and allies Mallam Nasir El Rufai.
Despite the economic crunch that saw prices of most goods skyrocketing arbitrarily, a source from the Ministry of Transport confided in LeadingReporters that Rotimi Amaechi, the embattled Minister of Transport has never paused with his lavish lifestyles. That, according to the source includes recently acquiring choice cars valued at about over N500million Naira.
When LeadingReporters Abuja Special Correspondent visited Ministry of Transport, Headquarters, Bukar Dipcharima House, Central Business District, there were seen only few junior staff idling around.
One of the staff who craved anonymity referred the visit as a total waste of resources in the midst of scarcity of it. She referred our reporter to a Memo placed on the staff notice board announcing the Lagos trip. She queried why a Minister would consider it expedient at this time of Nigeria economic recession to travel for a social gathering with that number of workers, mostly senior workers:
“There is virtually no business going on in our office since the week. The Minister has the attitude of lavishness. At the end of the trip, you’d be amazed that millions of Naira would have gone down as bills for air-tickets, hotels, car hiring and upkeep. As much as possible, those saddled with leadership positions should strive to practice what they preach”