The Senate in a statement by the Chairman, Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi, asked the former governor of Rivers State, Amaechi to urgently withdraw the statement. According to the Senate, what the minister said is contradictory to available facts and, therefore, not in tune with the position of the government he is serving.
Amaechi was alleged to have made the remarks in Ilorin, Monday, during the North Central Town Hall meeting organised by the Federal Government. The statement read: “As at today, the only request for approval from the executive for loan was the one dated January 27, 2017 and signed by Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, seeking a ‘resolution of the National Assembly for the issuance of USD 1 billion Eurobond in the International Capital Market for the funding of the 2016 budget deficit’ and we immediately granted the approval. “Also, in the letter quoted above, the government mentioned the two rail lines cited by the minister as part of the projects for which the Eurobond will be utilised.
So, we cannot understand what the grouse of Mr. Amaechi is. “We view that statement based on false and misinformed premise strongly as a mere attempt to incite the people against the National Assembly. “The minister should, therefore, withdraw that statement. Furthermore, the National Assembly will take up the matter with the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.”