President Muhammadu Buhari commended the Federal Ministry of Transportation for convincing the China civil engineering company (CECCC) to construct a university of transportation in Daura, Katsina state.
He made the commendation during the groundbreaking ceremony of the newly established university in Daura on Monday.
According to the President, the university would bring rapid development to the nation’s transport sector as well as generate both academic and none academic employment opportunities to Nigerians.
He lauded the management of the Chinese company which pledged to construct the university as part of its corporate social responsibility. He emphasised that such efforts would enhance the existing bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China as well as encourage patronage of local content.
Buhari claimed that his administration had placed much priority on repositioning the transport sector especially the construction of rail lines, roads, and other transport-related utilities. He added that his administration would continue to create job opportunities through the establishment of indigenous industries.
He emphasised that the federal government would facilitate the establishment of the university through the provision of necessary support, as the university would enable Nigeria to domesticate railway engineering and transportation.
Buhari at the occasion acknowledged the cooperation and understanding of all stakeholders in the implementation of federal government projects especially state governments.
Questions for Nigerian’s Transport Minister, Rotimi Amechi, for siting The University in Remote Daura.
- Daura is in Nigeria, there’s nothing wrong in siting the University of Transportation there ―Amaechi Speaking during the groundbreaking of the university on Monday, Amaechi stated that he had no regrets siting the institution in Daura.“When we sited the factory at Kajola, there was no noise, nobody debated about it, nobody abused us for it unlike the site for the university,” he noted.“I have no regret siting this university where I have sited it, it is not because I want to get any gain,” Mr Amaechi said.He said the university is an attempt at responding to the question of how Nigeria will maintain the infrastructure within the country.“I engaged the companies, the first engagement was when they were constructing Lagos-Ibadan. They were not so keen at spending their funds to build a university for Nigeria until I refused to sign the contract for the Lagos to Ibadan railway. I insisted that I will only sign if three things were done.“Today as I speak, 60 of our children are in their second year and we thank CCECC and 90 are on their way to China this week, making it 150. Amaechi commended Aminu Masari, governor of Katsina, for donating about 413 hectares of land for the construction of the university.“We hope that by the time we get the rail from Ibadan to Kano the University should be in place,” he said.
- On the completion of the project, Fidet Okhiria, managing director, Nigerian Railway Corporation, said the university should be ready by the time of completing the Ibadan-Kano rail.
- “The second is that, if we must sign the purchase of locomotives in China, they must build a factory where we can construct coaches, locomotives and wagon and today at Kajola that factory is being constructed. Finally, I insisted on the University of transportation and today we are here for the groundbreaking of the University and for all we are grateful to CCECC and the Chinese government.”
- “The first thing is to take our children to China and train them by giving them first degree in railway technology.
- He said: “It is my attempt at responding to the question of how to maintain and manage all the infrastructure we are building and realised that education is key.
- The minister said the N18 billion project is financed by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC) and China Railway Construction Company (CRCC) as part of a deal he made before signing a railway contract project.
- “Daura is in Nigeria, it is not in any other part of the world. It is not in Niger Republic, Biafra or Mali, it is in Nigeria. So, what is wrong in siting the University of Transportation in Daura?
- He said the siting of the university was generating controversy only because it was the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari.
- Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has defended the decision to site the transportation university in Daura, Katsina State.