Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, on Monday, announced that the contractor in charge of the construction of the Kano-Maradi rail line would build a university in his home state in Rivers.
Amaechi, who was a two-term governor of the South-South state, said the company would build the university as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to Nigeria.
“We already have a Transportation University being built in Daura. So, we have decided that the Portugese Company in charge of Kano-Maradi rail line, Mota Engil will build a Multi-disciplinary University in Rivers State as a major component of their Corporate Social Responsibility,” the minister tweeted on Monday.
Amaechi had also on Sunday said the construction of the $1.959bn Kano-Maradi standard gauge rail project would commence on Tuesday.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is expected to flag off the project virtually from Aso Villa in Abuja.Univer
The PUNCH had earlier reported that the $1.96bn Kano-Maradi rail line connects Nigeria and Niger Republic and the Federal Government had said it would source the fund from European countries.
Amaechi had also said the 248-kilometre line is expected to aid the transportation of crude oil which the government had announced that it would commence importation from the West African country.
But the Peoples Democratic Party and many Civil Society Organisations had described the project as a misplacement of priority.
Source:- Punch ng