The Minister for Transportation, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi, has commissioned the first transport technology institute in a private university in Nigeria.
The event that coincided with the matriculation of the institution, Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State laid the foundation for the institute that will serve as manpower hub of the transport economy of the country.
The institute which was like a balancing for the institutional foundation of the sector will be the turf to train manpower in railway technology as the minister stated.
Amaechi in his comments at the occasion said the target of the ministry is to groom internal manpower to manage the sector after the Chinese firm that is building and upgrading the railways must have completed their work.
He assured that such facilities when in use would generate employment for the people and check poverty which he said is the major cause of insecurity in the country.
The minister said “right now the Chinese are constructing railways and if we don’t localize the technology before they depart we will be faced with problems of how to maintain the railways,”
According to him: “That is why we are compelling them to domesticate the technology in Nigeria which they have agreed to and are establishing the University of Transportation in Daura and a company that will manufacture locomotives and Coaches in Ogun state.”
In his address to welcome the minister and commence the event. Chancellor and founder of the university, Prof. Gregory Ibe explained that the Transport and Logistics Institute is designed to change the face of engineering in the country,. He said that hat he chose to invest in education as against other forms of businesses like many investors do because he believes that education is the future and security of any nation.
Ibe expressed his satisfaction from his investment whenever he travels outside the country and finds his students doing very well in their careers and revealed that the institute will offer expert fabrication of materials.
Explaining the achievements of his ministry so far, the Transportation minister stated that his ministry has done so much to revive the country’s dead railway lines in a digitalized form and plans are on to make sure that rail transportation dominates the sector and boosts the economy of the country.
He assured that railways will soon be accessible and most affordable transport means in Nigeria.