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Minister for Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said he does not owe anybody an apology for citing the Federal University of Transportation in Daura, President Buhari’s hometown.
Amaechi spoke on Monday in Daura, Katsina State, as President Muhammadu Buhari performed the groundbreaking for the university.
The minister, in his welcome address, said the university was his own “imagination” to ensure the availability of the manpower needed for the sustenance of modern technology, especially in railway transportation.
Amaechi said Daura was suitable for the university, stating that he would not mind being called a sycophant for saying so.
“When we cited the wagon factory at Kajola, there was no noise. If by citing this university in Daura, people will call me a sycophant, I would not mind being called a sycophant.
‘Is Daura not in Nigeria? Daura is not in Chad or in Mali. Daura is in Nigeria. What is wrong in citing the university in Daura?”
The minister said 60 Nigerians were in various universities in China studying railway technology while another 90 would soon join them.
He maintained that the new university would facilitate manpower development in Nigeria apart from promoting indigenous technology in the country.
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