President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the establishment of a Transportation University in the country is pivotal to transfer and domestication of railway technology in the country.
The President who made this known on Monday during the ground breaking ceremony to mark the take-off of the Transportation University to be built by China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in Sandamu emirate, Daura, Katsina State, said ‘when established, the university will among other things, pave way for the domestication of railway engineering and general transportation sciences in Nigeria.’
He said the establishment of the university was in line with Executive Order 005 as it will promote local content in contracts, science, engineering and technology as well as generate employment opportunities for academic and non-academic staff
The FederaL Government through the Executive Order 005 and other related policies and programmes encourages the establishment of local industries and institutions to support and maintain the infrastructure being constructed, he said.
He lauded the Chinese government for pledging to build the university as part of its corporate social responsibility, saying such efforts would promote the existing bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China and open up more avenues for collaborations.
The President who pledged to facilitate the take-off of the university, particularly commended the efforts of the Minister of Transportation and his team, the government of Katsina State for providing the land and other stakeholders for making the event possible.
He further called on the host community to support the university project by cooperating with the contractors in safeguarding and protecting the investment.
Earlier, the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi said the Transportation University which was a product of his imagination became also the solution to his worry on how to maintain the infrastructure being built ‘and I realized that education is the key to the maintenance, building and management of all these infrastructures’.
He went on to explain that as part of the fall out, 60 Nigerians are in their second year of study in China while 90 will soon leave to pursue courses in railway engineering and other related fields. According to him, these crop of Nigerians will provide the needed manpower to efficiently and effectively run the transportation sector.
In their separate goodwill messages, the Ambassador, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, Dr. Zhou Pingjian and the Managing Director, CCECC, Jiang Yigao, pledged Chinese government’s support to continue to contribute to the development and growth of the Nigerian economy by building local capacity and by providing services in the most efficient and cost effective manner.
The highlight of the occasion was the unveiling of the headstone which marked the ground breaking ceremony for the siting of the proposed University of Transportation in Daura Katsina State.
Dignitaries present at the occasion included: governors of Kano, Umar Ganduje, Katsina, Bello Masari, former governor of Zamfara State, Abdulaziz Yari, Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and members of the National Assembly.
Head, Press & PR
December 3, 2019