The Nigerian Senate has passed a bill establishing the Federal University of Transportation in Daura, Katsina State. The proposed transportation university is said to cost $50 million to bring to completion which as at the time of filing this report is reportedly 50 per cent completed.
The bill was passed for third reading during plenary on Wednesday after the lawmakers considered a report by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Ahmad Babba Kaita.
While presenting the report on the floor of the Senate, Kaita said the university would close the gap in knowledge of the transportation sector and aslo create capacity and generate job opportunities for Nigerians.
According to him, the university, being the first of its kind in the West African sub-region, has the capacity of wooing foreign investors to the country.
“The envisaged University of Transportation has immense benefits, especially in closing the huge gap in knowledge about transportation business and enhancing technical skills while ensuring technology transfer from the most developed nations such as China, USA, South Korea, etc to benefit the Nigerian transportation industry.
“The University of Transportation Daura, which is expected to provide the manpower needs of the Nigerian transport systems and the Nigerian Railway, would be the first in the West African sub-region with the potentials of wooing Africans and foreign investors to invest and acquire advanced knowledge in research and exploration of scientific innovation in the transport sector,” Kaita said.
This would be the second institution the Senate will approve in Daura. The lawmakers had passed a bill to establish a federal polytechnic in the local government in November 2018.