A University of Transportation is an important tool for any nation’s development of its transport sector as well as addressing the skill gap in that sector. This, according to the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), is a welcome development that should be celebrated by all well-meaning Nigerians.
BMO also believes that criticisms over the founding and location of the university are uncalled for. “Nigerians should be more concerned about building the capacity for Local Content to acquire the necessary manpower to maintain our rail and roads projects rather than criticising the location of the university.”
In a statement signed by its Chairman Niyi Akinsiju and Secretary Cassidy Madueke, BMO said that Daura, like any other town, is part of this country and the university, when completed, will benefit not only the people of Daura or even Katsina State, but all Nigerians.
”The most important thing is that it is still a Nigerian project no matter where it is cited.The Transport University is a national entity and the ultimate beneficiaries would be Nigerians from every part of the country.
”The University of Transportation is the first of its kind in Africa and it will enhance employment opportunities and also promote indigenous capacity through technology acquisition needed to effectively operate and maintain our railway and roads infrastructure.
”Maritime University in Delta State, Law School in Bayelsa State, amongst others, are similar projects cited at choice locations and which have been beneficial to not just the host community but Nigeria as a whole and the Transport University will serve same purpose.”
The group also noted that the Katsina State Governor, Aminu Bello Masari had allocated 400 hectares of land for the university, free of charge.
BMO added that most projects in Nigeria and Africa failed because of lack of sustainability in supply of skilled personnel and spare parts. The Rail Wagon Assembly Plant inaugurated at Kajola, Ogun State will cater for spare parts supply while the Transport University in Daura will supply the needed skilled manpower.
With this development, we are sure that this Railway revolution will be sustained as the Federal Government has gone all out to boost railway modernisation program in line with its futuristic vision”.