SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 07 – The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, has revealed that 150 Nigerians are currently in Chinese Universities, studying Railway engineering under the Federal Government sponsorship.
This is as the government ramps up its railway revolution with massive rail projects.
“Do you know we have sent over 150 persons to two universities in China, funded by the Chinese government to study Railway Engineering? In four years they will graduate and those who will do Masters and PhD will do that, come back and teach in the Transportation University,” Amaechi stated on Thursday while giving updates on the progress of the rail projects.
On Monday, the Minister revealed plans to start making Made-In-Nigeria Trains. He said that on November 8, 2019, the Federal Government would lay the foundation for the Kajola factory in Ogun State where locomotives, wagons and coaches would be constructed by Chinese firms at no cost to Nigeria.
Amaechi also announced plans to commence a trial run of trains on the Lagos-Ibadan railway service in December. He said passengers will get free train rides during the Yuletide period.