Young Nigerian Railway Engineering Graduates Return from China, Pledge Contribution to National Development

A group of 72 young Nigerian graduates, specializing in Railway Engineering, has returned to Nigeria after successfully completing their studies in China. To support their transition, the Ministry of Transportation plans to engage them as engineers and technicians through on-the-job training programs.

Young Nigerian Railway Engineering Graduates Return from China, Pledge Contribution to National Development

 A group of 72 young Nigerian graduates, specializing in Railway Engineering, has returned to Nigeria after successfully completing their studies in China.

These graduates, aged between 18 and 19 years, received sponsorship from the Chinese Engineering and Construction Company (CECC) in 2019 to pursue railway engineering and other transportation-related courses in China. The sponsorship was part of the Corporate Social Responsibility initiative by the Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) in Nigeria.

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Upon their return, the Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali, warmly welcomed the graduates. He underscored the government’s commitment to promoting indigenous participation in the development and operation of the railway industry. Alkali emphasized the critical role played by the rail transport sub-sector in Nigeria and stressed the need for effective policy implementation.

Alkali expressed optimism that the graduates would actively contribute to the revitalization and modernization of the railway sub-sector, aligning with the 25-year Railway Modernization Plan. To support their transition, the Ministry of Transportation plans to engage them as engineers and technicians through on-the-job training programs.

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The Minister Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Nigeria, Weng Yingqi, lauded the graduates for their decision to return to Nigeria and serve their country. He emphasized that their commitment would inspire younger Nigerians to utilize their knowledge and skills to accelerate Nigeria’s overall develo