THE Federal Government has tasked the would-be concessionaire of the nation’s railway sector, General Electric (GE), to establish a University of Transportation in order to enhance training of workers of the Nigerian Railway Corporation.
This is even as government revealed that by May 29, GE will bring into the country 20 locomotives and 200 coaches and wagons into the Nigerian railway sector.
Speaking on Monday after an on-the-spot inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan railway expansion programme, the Honourable Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi stated that the agreement with General Electric provides the opportunity for Nigeria to start producing its own locomotives.
According to Amaechi, “One of the agreements we had with GE is based on training of the railway workforce. That was why I told them that they must establish a transportation university. There must be University of Transportation, Faculty of Railway.
“GE has agreed to do that and discussion is presently focused on where to locate the university. Again, the GE said most of the workers are not qualified, but we have asked them to take those employees not qualified for proper training.
“GE will start building the university the same day concession starts. When they complete the university, lecturers will be hired by GE to start training the workers.
“Another agreement we had with GE is that we want to start manufacturing our own locomotives. That is another agreement we had with them, which they will fulfill.”
On the inspection of the Lagos-Ibadan standard gauge rail expansion project, the Honourable Minister of Transport explained that GE will be bringing in 20 locomotives and 200 wagons.
In his word, “On May 29, the GE wanted to bring in 200 wagons for the carriage of goods, but I told them this morning that they must also bring coaches. So they are bringing in 20 coaches as well.
“I am satisfied with the construction works so far, and have given the corporation directive to issue written notice to all physical encumbrances along the railway Right of Way (ROW).”