The Chairman, Senate Committee on Land Transport, Senator Gbenga Ashafa has called on Faculties of Engineering in Nigerian Universities to immediately commence the training of rail-infrastructure engineers.
He made the call recently at the ground-breaking ceremony, the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to mark the commencement of the construction of the Lagos-Kano standard gauge railway system with an extension to the Lagos port complex, Apapa.
While speaking to journalists after the event, Ashafa, who represents the Lagos East Senatorial District in the Senate, stated that “it is imperative that the engineering departments of our universities maximise the gestation period of this project, to develop a syllabus on railway engineering for our undergraduates.”
The Senator said, “This would adequately prepare our young engineers for the maintenance of the country’s railway infrastructure upon handing over by the expatriates who will handle the construction and also prepare them for jobs that would be available in the industry, in view of the potential of the project to create an estimated 250,000 jobs.”
While commending the Buhari Administration for the keeping its promise on infrastructural development, he said that “today marks yet another milestone in the actualisation of the commitment towards all round infrastructural development in Nigeria by the Buhari/Osinbajo Administration, particularly in the Rail sector.
“I also commend the Hon Minister of Transport, RT Hon. Rotimi Amaechi for making good his promise that the Lagos-Ibadan segment of the Lagos-kano standard gauge would be flagged off this year.”
He said the 8th Senate and the Senate Committee on Land Transport remained committed to supporting this administration in achieving as much as it possibly can through the instrumentality of our legislative support. “As you are aware, we are currently working on the National Transport Commission Bill.
This bill is geared towards the maximization of efficiency of the Nigerian transport landscape through effective regulation.”