Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, has defended the planned construction of Transportation University in Daura, Katsina state.
The planned construction of the N18 billion project in the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to start in 2019.
The minister earlier had repeatedly said the university was to be constructed by the China Civil and Construction Company.
However while addressing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, September 11, he said there was nothing special about building the university in the president’s hometown since “Daura is also part of Nigeria”.
“The president did not even know I will choose Daura. The reason, Daura is part of Nigeria. If we sited it in Sokoto, it is still part of Nigeria. So why is the emphasis on Daura?
“If I had chosen Port Harcourt, Enugu, that is the same way I would have chosen Daura. The people of Daura should not be deprived of these things because the president is from there.”
Amaechi revealed that the proposed transportation university which is expected to gulp $50 million (N18bn) and to be located in Daura, Katsina state, will start by next year.