The idea of establishing the Federal University of Transportation, Daura, Katsina State, the first of its kind in Nigeria, and Africa as a whole, thus transforming Nigeria into a knowledge hub for the transportation industry in Africa,
was conceived during the Contract negotiation of the Lagos to Kano Railway Modernization Project on 15th May 2018 between the Federal Ministry of
Transportation and Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC Nigeria Ltd) with the sole purpose of technology transfer in the area of
transportation. The building of the University is aimed at properly safeguarding and sustaining the huge investment of the Federal Government of Nigeria in the transportation sector while addressing the need for a transport-focused education, training, and research-based institution to complement the dearth of human capacity in the transportation sector with a deepened focus on the
Nation’s rejuvenated railways.
For the University project, CCECC Nigeria Limited promised to commit an amount not exceeding Fifty Million United States Dollars(US$50,000,000.00) as an obligation and the development of the University will span through the period of the construction of the Lagos to Kano Railway Project. In order to ensure good work, the Federal Ministry of Transportation approached Technics,
Engineering, Architecture, Marketing (TEAM Nigeria Ltd), the Consultant Company for the Railway Project, to provide pro-bono consultancy services to the Ministry, which the Consultant duly accepted, in light of the longstanding relationship with the Ministry.
The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the University took place on Monday 2nd December 2019 and was performed by the former President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR. The completion period of the whole concept of the University is to span through the period of construction of the Lagos – Kano Railway Project. The University Project was designed to provide
the following facilities in two separate phases:
Mandate of the University
The Act establishing the Federal University of Transportation, Daura provides the legislative framework for the establishment of the Federal University of Transportation Daura, Katsina State to explore in-depth and continuous cutting edge research in transportation engineering, logistics and other courses of interest that will support postmodern transportation industry and to offer diverse courses in its core areas of interest, leading to the award of first degrees, post graduate degrees, diplomas and other professional certificates.
Mission, Vision, and Core Values of the University
The University is expected to be equipped with the interdisciplinary expertise necessary to address the challenges of an ever-evolving transportation ecosystem, the following Mission and Vision Statements which will continue to guide the University in formulating its policies and renewing its planning strategy will therefore be adopted.
Innovation Through Science and Technology
To be a World Class University and Centre of Excellence with proficiency in Transportation Technology
To be a leading institution for academic excellence and innovations intransportation technology in Nigeria and West Africa