UNIZIK okays N5 billion for transportation scheme

By Opeyemi Babalola

 Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka (UNIZIK), has resolved to reduce the burden of transportation faced by students of the institution by signing a N5 billion pact with two Chinese companies represented by their companies in Nigeria, Dolphite Ventures and Legacy FMCG Nig Ltd, for the establishment of digital transport scheme called UNIZIK Transport Scheme (UTS).
The scheme is a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) integrated Mass Transit project between Higher Bus Compy Ltd, China, China Faw Group and China National Heavy Duty Company Ltd (SINOTRUK), all represented by Legacy-FMCG Trading Company NIG. Ltd and promoted by Dolphite Ventures Nig Ltd.

A statement by the Chairman of Dolvite ventures Nig Ltd, Benedict Okoro, and made available to University Times International (UTI), explained that the UTS project was aimed at supporting the university to benefit from the huge economic potentials inherent in the transport sector and to create an alternative source of revenue for the university.
Okoro said “The project is part of our post-COVID-19 economic plan, designed to create jobs for the students and assist institutions to leapfrog from the devastating economic downturn occasioned by the pandemic. It is our desire to help Nigerian Universities take a lead in sustainable investment programmes.”
According to him, “the UTS will redefine transportation in the country using State of the Art applications such as Automated Transport Management Systems (ATMs). We shall blend transportation with pleasure, comfort, and confidence.”
CEO of Legacy FMCG, Mr Tony Uzoma, who is also a representative of the consortium of the Chinese automobiles, said while explaining the operational dynamics of the UTS project, that the institution will not only benefit from the scheme but those all those in its axis will too.
He further explained how the university and its environs will benefit from Gradual Technology/Knowledge Transfer associated with the Multi-Purpose Vehicle Assembly Centre and the Higher G-BOS monitoring fleet (IT infrastructure) which will be sited inside the school.
The VC, however, expressed his happiness over the innovation and promised to give full support to it.

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