The Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Jaji Sambo has described as false, reports linking him to involvement in the hijack of a Maritime Contract Saga.

Sambo said the allegations were unfounded and purported to tarnish his reputation and undermine my work as the Minister of Transportation.

The Minister who replaced his predecessor, Rotimi Ameachi in July 2022 said he has always acted with honesty, integrity and transparency in accordance with the law and public interest since assumption of office.

He said, “the news outlets that carried the false report relied on anonymous sources, fabricated documents and distorted facts to create a narrative that suits their agenda or that of their sponsors.

“They not only violated the core ethics of journalism and the principles of fair hearing but have shown contempt for the truth, objective journalism and balanced reportage.

“It is even more laughable for anyone to think that just one man will sit back to award contracts of such a humongous amount. The contract awarding process in the Country is quite complex for manipulation.”

Sambo further said with the rigorous procedure for the award of such category of contracts, it would be nearly impossible for an individual like him to outsmart the entire system.

“These purveyors of falsehood forget that contract awards under our extant laws and regulations involve rigorous due process, diligence and authorizations by different agencies and levels of government such as the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) among others.

“I am certain some persons are intimidated by our achievements in the Ministry within a short time, thus their desperation to drag us in the mud. They are out to use me to chase clout. It is expected that with the transition to a new government, these persons and/or groups may want to target me as a basis to curry favour or seek relevance. Who is indeed afraid of Mu’azu Jaji Sambo?, he posited.

While urging the public urging the public to disregard the propaganda, he said under his spell, the Ministry has executed initiatives to improve the Country’s maritime domain as well as the mobility and safety of Nigerians and also promoted innovation, sustainability and social inclusion in the transport sector.