The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Thursday dismissed a report that he asked Nigerians to contribute money for the treatment of victims of the recent attack on a passenger train in Kaduna.
The Kaduna State government had on Tuesday confirmed the discovery of eight bodies of victims of the attack while 26 others are receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the incident at the 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital and St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital in Kaduna.
In a statement issued by the Director of Press and Public Relations in the ministry, Mr. Eric Ojiekwe, the minister urged Nigerians to disregard the publication.
The statement read: “The Ministry of Transportation’s attention has been drawn to the story carried by the Print media and other online platforms.
“Quoting the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, as asking Nigerian people to liaise with the hospital management and see how much they can contribute to the treatment of the patients is false and a terrible misrepresentation.
“On the contrary, what the minister said and we have it on record is: ‘I have said to the Nigerian Railway Corporation to liaise with the hospital management and see how much they can contribute for the treatment of the patients.
“In light of the above, we urge the public to disregard these publications.
“As it is not a representation of what the minister said when he went to commiserate with the victims at 44 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital and St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital, both in Kaduna on March 30.”
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