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Amaechi visits Lagos, refuses to speak to journalists

Nigeria’s Minister of Transport, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi, on Thursday, met Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State for about one hour, at the Lagos House, Alausa, Ikeja.

At the end of the meeting, Amaechi declined interaction with journalists for fear of being misquoted.
Amaechi, who drove himself in a Black Lexus SUV, with number plate Lagos GGE 315 DN, arrived the Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja, at about 10.59 a.m. and went straight into a meeting with the governor.

At about 11.57 a.m., Amaechi, dressed in a white Niger Delta attire, emerged from the meeting into the waiting hands of the Lagos State Governor’s Office Correspondents, who had arrived the Lagos House about three hours earlier.

After being asked for an interview by the waiting journalists, the Minister, accompanied by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, and other state officials declined, saying he was not ready to be misquoted again.

As he headed towards the SUV he had driven into the venue, the minister said: “I will not speak, so that you will not misquote me again.”

The journalists, who were taken aback by the Minister’s action, wondered where and when he was misquoted.
Although there was no official briefing about what was discussed, the menace of articulated vehicles parking on major highways in Lagos metropolis which had continued to defy all efforts at resolution by the state government, it is believed, might have been top on the agenda of discourse.

Benjamin Omoike

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