Written by Godfrey AKON

FG to fast-track approval of transportation varsity

A university of transportation proposed by the Central South University of China would be given accelerated approval, once details of the proposals are received from the transport ministry, the Federal Government has said.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, gave the assurance in Abuja while receiving a high-powered Chinese delegation from the Central South University in China and the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC.

Adamu lauded the Peoples Republic of China for its remarkable presence in Nigeria’s real sector through the construction of roads, bridges and other landmark infrastructural facilities.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Arc. Sonny Echono, the minister recalled that the CCECC is involved in such high profile projects in Nigeria like the Kano-Lagos railway and the Abuja lightrail projects, amongst others.

According to him, the company is quite integrated in Nigeria and the establishment of the University of Transportation as proposed, is only a logical maturity of the enormous diplomatic, cultural and commercial relations that have long existed between both countries for their mutual benefits.

Earlier, the President of the Central South University, Ms Tian Hongqi, who led the delegation for the proposed University of Transportation in Nigeria, said when established, the institution would focus on manpower developments of the transport sector.

Hongqi stated that CSU which is ranked as one of the best and biggest in China with over 58,000 students, contributes about 20 per cent of the staff of CCECC, adding that the institution has more than 100 years’ experience in training experts in the areas of construction, mining, metallurgy, as well as undertaking research projects in many countries.

“We are exploring the possibility of collaborating with the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria to include Nigeria among the over 200 countries we are involved with”, she said.

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