Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has defended building a Transportation University in Daura, the home of President Muhammadu Buhari.
‘‘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.
‘‘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 here?
‘‘I have no regret siting this university where I have sited it, it is not because I want to get any gain,” Amaechi said and explained that the establishment of the university is a proactive policy on maintenance of railwa infrastructure in the country.
President Buhari, at the ground breaking ceremony of the new university, said his administration is committed to repositioning the transport sector, especially the construction of rail-lines, roads and other transport-related utilities even as he commended the Federal Ministry of Transportation for convincing China Civil Engineering Company, CECCC, to construct a university of transportation in Daura, Katsina State.
Buhari said the university would bring rapid development to the nation’s transport sector, as well as generate academic and non-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 and also emphasised that such efforts would enhance the existing bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China, as well as encourage patronage of local content, stressing that his administration would continue to create job opportunities through the establishment of indigenous industries.
He noted that the university would enable Nigeria domesticate railway engineering and transportation.
The university would offer courses and award degrees in railway engineering and would be constructed at the cost of N18 billion within 18 months.