By Gift Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
Nigeria’s President, H.E Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, December 2, 2019, flagged off the commencement of construction of the University of Transportation in Daura, an investment by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), and the first of its kind in Africa.
This is as he assured, that the Federal Government will fully support the project to completion.
According to President Buhari, “The University will among other things pave way for the domestication of railway engineering and general transportation sciences in Nigeria, thereby bridging the technology and skill gap in the railway sector and the transportation industry at large.
“Our gratitude goes to the investors, CCECC; the Katsina State Government for speedily providing land for the university; and the Ministry of Transportation for championing the initiative.
“We will continue to pursue partnerships of this nature to bring development to Nigeria”, he ended.
The University, is one of the three projects conceived by the Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuike Amaechi, which he insisted that CCECC should embark on as part of their corporate social responsibility even before he [Amaechi] signed contracts with them.
Other projects are; the training of Nigerians to localise rail technology and maintenance of rail infrastructure. To that effect, 60 Nigerian children are now in their second year in China studying Railway Technology.
In the same vein, the next project which is the Wagon Assembly Plant in Kajola, Ogun State, is expected to enable Nigeria produce Railway rolling stocks locally and even export to other African countries.
All these projects are funded by the Chinese company as part of benefits accruing to Nigeria through her partnership with them on the modernisation of Railway infrastructure in the country, and the University of Transportation will ensure that Railway Engineering and general transportation sciences will be taught in Nigeria to Nigerians.