The Federal government has been holding meetings with people in the various zones with a view to sensitising them on the programmes of the government. For some of those attending the meetings, it is an eye opener on what is really wrong with the Buhari government while to others, it affords the opportunity of knowing that truly the country would be out of the woods soon.
At the town hall meeting in Uyo, capital of Akwa-Ibom state, organised by the ministry of information and culture, a Nigerian asked the minister why oil bloc allocations favoured the north rather than the south-south, where most oil blocs are located.
Answering, Kachikwu said this was not the doing of President Buhari, emphasising that the president would follow due process in allocation of oil blocs when the time comes.
Kachikwu also disagreed with Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, on the establishment and maintenance of the Maritime University in Akwa-Ibom.
“I disagree with the minister of transport. Any facility in the south-south, we should work towards developing it, I don’t care the circumstance. It is not my business whether land was valued at 19 or 10 million,” he said responding to Amaechi’s claim that land for the university was valued at N13 billion.
“That has nothing to do with development of infrastructure. As far as I know, so much has already gone into that, so much fiscal asset has been developed. We are not going to throw away the baby and the bath water.
“We’ll deal with the issues but the university will be developed. If he (Amaechi) doesn’t want it in Maritime, I will take it in Petroleum.”
KACHIKWU DISAGREES WITH AMAECHI ON AVENGERS
“On the issue of negotiations, again I disagree with him. There’s no theatre in the world where conflicts are being resolved through battle. It doesn’t matter who’s right, who’s wrong.
“I have so many objectives; present production, generate the revenue, because if we don’t, all the things we are talking about here is just a joke.
“I will explore, and this is not weakness; the military strength of this country is not in doubt, and I think if anybody doubts that, just see what has happened to Boko Haram. We will first discuss, we will first negotiate, if it doesn’t work, we would know what to do.”