Muhammadu Buhari, News in Nigeria

The Federal Executive Council has approved construction of the $50 million (N18bn) Transportation University to be located in Daura, Katsina State which was billed to commence by next year, the Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, has said. President Muhammadu Buhari is set to launch the construction of the University of Transportation in Daura, his Katsina hometown.

Briefing journalists in Abuja recently, the minister said the university would be built by China Civil and Construction Company (CCECC).

The project was part of the Federal Government’s efforts to develop qualified manpower that would manage the many railways facilities across the country and other transportation facilities, Amaechi added.

In addition to Katsina, another Transportation University might be built in Rivers State to meet the growing demand of manpower in the transportation sector.

He said the contract has already been awarded to CCECC and the construction would have commenced if the governor of Katsina State had provided land for it, adding that once the state government provided the land, CCECC will mobilize to site and fence the land for construction to start.

He said the young Nigerians being trained on scholarship in China on Railway Engineering upon completion of their studies would be deployed to teach in those universities for a period of time before they are allowed to do other endeavours.

“If we get the land, the fencing will start this year. The CCECC has written to ask for land from the state government,” he said.

According to information on the website of the National Universities Commission (NUC), the varsity’s construction is expected to cost $50m (N18bn).

Bashir Ahmad, Buhari’s aide on new media, disclosed this in a tweet on Friday.

Ahmad said Buhari will on Monday participate in the “ground breaking” ceremony, adding that he had embarked on a four-day trip to the state ahead of the project’s commencement.

He also said that the trip would see him commission the Kwanar Gwante (Shargalle Road), which is off Kano-Daura Road in Katsina State.

According to Ahmad, Buhari would lay the foundation stone of the university before the China Civil and Construction Company (CCECC) begins construction.

“President Mohammadu Buhari is in Daura on a 4-day working visit to Katsina State. He will on Monday participate in a groundbreaking ceremony for the University of Transportation in Daura and commission the Kwanar Gwante (Shargalle Road), which is off Kano-Daura Road,” Bashir Ahmad wrote.

“Later next week, President Muhammadu Buhari will lay the foundation stone of the University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State. The University will be built by China Civil and Construction Company (CCECC), and it will be the first specialised institution of its kind.”