Institute Acquires 84 Hectares to Plant Jathropha for Biofuel

Institute Acquires 84 Hectares to Plant Jathropha for Biofuel

 

The National Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) has acquired 84 hectares of land from Kaduna State government for jathropha plantation for biofuel production to serve as an alternative source of fuel and boost the economy.

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The Director-General of the institute, Dr Bayero Salih Farah, disclosed this at the NITT headquarters in Kaduna while addressing journalists on achievements recorded by the institute in one year under his stewardship.

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He said the country is in search of substitutes for crude oil and as such, the institute is embarking on plantation of the plant so that if it is successful, they can expand it and extend to private investors.

He said the core mandate of the institute is training in the area of transport technology and over 3,125 persons have been trained in long-term and short-term programmes.

The Director-General explained that, “Part of the desires of this administration is to see drivers in the country learn basic defensive driving techniques, inculcate decent driving habits and understand other important skills that are essential to their profession.

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“To achieve this, we decided to construct and equip Driver Development and Training Centers in all the institute’s outreach learning centres across the six geo-political zones.

“With this initiative, the country will, hopefully in the near future, witness a significant drop in the accident rate because drivers’ behaviour would inevitably change as a result of continuous training,” he added.

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He identified poor funding, inadequate capacity of human resources and facilities, and said the institute was sponsoring 16 staff abroad for Ph.D. and M.Sc. programmes in various fields of transport, engineering and other critical areas of need and the institute had embarked on massive infrastructural facelift of the school, particularly with building of more classrooms and laboratories.

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