By Salisu Hamisu Ali
Minister of State for Transportation, Gbemisola Saraki on Thursday, inaugurated Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT), Outreach Learning Centre in Kano.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, held at Dawakin-Kudu local government area of the state on Thursday , the minister said that the center would serve all the states in the Northwest geopolitical zone.
Gbemisola said that the aim of establishing the centre was to improve the transport sector of the country, adding that most developed nations invested heavily in their transport sectors.
Saraki said that the centre would provide the relevant skills and knowledge needed in the transport sector.
“I wish to call on state governments to support the youth in their respective states to enrol at the centre, and after graduating, to assist them with the facilities needed to set up their businesses,” she explained..
She noted that the Federal Government had committed huge resources towards the revitalisation and modernisation of railways across the country.
Also speaking, The NITT Director-General, Bayero Farah Salih, said that the centre and others across the country had been equipped with modern state-of-the-art facilities for both practical and theoretical training in all modes of transportation.
He said that the project was in fulfilment of the desire to achieve an economically robust , effective and efficient transport and logistics system in the country, particularly Kano and Jigawa states.
According to him, the project is sited in Kano because the state is the economic hub of Northern Nigeria.
Salih added that the center would properly train those manning the transport system to effectively meet the mobility needs of the travelling public as well as optimally move goods and services from one point to another.
The Director General further said that the teeming youths in the Northwestern zone would immensely benefit from the skills acquisition programs offered at the center.
According to him, the center is in process of introducing part time programs to take care of those who desire to further their education are constrained by time to join full time programs.
Salih then appealed to state and local governments in the zone to avail themselves of the services being offered by the center by sponsoring their staff and their youths.
Also, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state, expressed his administration’s readiness to support those interested in acquiring skills to enable them to realise their dreams.
Ganduje, represented by his deputy, Alhaji Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, said that the state government would support the centre to achieve its aim.
“I wish to assure you that the state government will assist the centre to achieve the purpose for which it was established,” the governor said.
The minister also visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado-Bayero, where she informed the Emir of the Federal Government’s commitment to develop the transport sector.
While Responding, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero thanked the minister for the visit and lauded the Federal Government for sitting the project in Kano.