Chinese government has volunteered to build a state of the earth University of Transportation free of charge in Daura, Katsina State, the Minister of Transport, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has said.
Amaechi who made the disclosure Tuesday during an inspection of the proposed University site, said Chinese government also agreed to build a primary school and secondary school for children and wards of the proposed University staff.
The Minister noted the University of Transportation although located in Daura, would be open to all students from different states of the federation.
Amaechi said: “Construction work will commence in September. What they are doing now is clearing, they have promised to build a primary school and a secondary school in the university. This university is a donation by the Chinese government through CCECC. The Technique, Engineering, and Marketing (TEAM) has also accepted the consultancy job.
“We are here on the assignment of the ministry of transportation. The President wanted to know the status of the university that he performed its groundbreaking, so we decided to come today with CCECC and TEAM. I also want to thank you for providing land to construct the university.
“Having done that, let me also thank the CCECC for accepting to construct the university free of charge. It is not part of the railway contract, we spoke with CCECC and told them to train Nigerians who will take over from them in their technology and they agreed.
“All Nigerians from all parts of the country are entitled to come here for studies, In the same way as lecturing. Those who will teach are not only going to come from Daura, they will come from all parts of the country “So, we agreed with CCECC to build the university, and we chose Daura. We believe that the school would be completed next year hopefully, and then we can start studies”.