Kasim Sumaina in Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari, will today in his home town, Daura, Katsina State, perform the ground-breaking ceremony for the proposed University of Transportation
The establishment of the university according to the minister of transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, is part of the ongoing effort of the federal government towards the promotion and development of local capacity through technology acquisition in the rail transport sub-sector.
Amaechi, observed that the university which is to be established by Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) is a corporate social responsibility project delivery expected to create employment, encourage local capacity development and among other things, pave way for localisation of manufacture of railway materials and domestication of rail science and engineering in Nigeria
The minister who was quoted to have said in a letter of invitation sent to THISDAY by the Director, Rail Transport Services of the ministry, Babakobi that the ceremony would be perform by the president.
He revealed that the proposed University of Transportation will be located, off Daura-Kano road, beside Airforce Forward Base Daura, Katsina State.
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo had few weeks ago, kicked start a similar project for the establishment of wagon assembly plant in Kajola, Ogun State.
Osibanjo had said that the plant would offer an important platform for engineers, technicians, artisans and other professionals to gain the specialised skills required for the production and maintenance of the rolling stock.