Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has expressed confidence that the University of Transportation being constructed at Daura, Kastina State, would boost the transfer of technology from China to Nigeria.
Amaechi who stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said the university would domesticate railway engineering and impact Nigerians with the technical know-how on train manufacturing and servicing.
“The key to the development of any nation is education; so, if we are building transport technology in Daura, essentially, there will be a transfer of technology from the Chinese to Nigerians.
“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.
“Now, if you go to Kajola, Ogun State, they are building a factory to manufacture locomotives and the railway stuff; how will Nigerians be part of that manufacturing if they are not trained?’’ He asked.
Speaking on the Lagos-Ibadan railway, Amaechi said he was optimistic, that the stations will be ready by the end of 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 is not ready, the rest will be ready by the end of December; so, we are good to go by the end of December.’’