By Sandra Chukwunyere
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has described the University of Transportation being constructed at Daura, Kastina State, as huge opportunity to actualize the country’s quest to achieve advancement in technology.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Amaechi noted that the university would enable the transfer of Chinese technology to Nigeria.
“The key to the development of any nation is education; so, if we are building transport technology in Daura, essentially, there will be transfer of technology from the Chinese to Nigerians”, he said.
Construction work on the University of Transportation, Daura started in December last year.
The China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) is building the university as part of its corporate social responsibility , CSR, in the country.
According to Amaechi, construction of the the University will make it possible to build indigenous knowledge on railway engineering including manufacturing, construction, and servicing of the railway system.
“We need to know how to build our trains, our coaches, our locomotives, our tracks, our tracks and all that constitutes railway technology including maritime and aviation; it is completely a transport university”.On the Lagos-Ibadan railway line , the transport Minister expressed optimism that while the small station would be completed completed by the end of October, the entire project would be concluded and ready for use by December.
“It is just the stations that are holding us; the big stations will also be ready before the end of December; I hope that the Ebuta Meta station that is very huge will be ready by the end of December.
“Even if it not ready, the rest will be ready by the end of December, so we are good to go by the end of December”