China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) says it delivered four major railway projects to Nigeria in the last five years.
The rail project, including the 37 km Abuja Metro, the 186km Abuja-Kaduna Railway and Lagos-Ibadan project, stretches 712-km.
The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) over the weekend said it has completed and delivered four major railway projects in the last five years.
According to CCECC, the four major railway projects, which cover a total stretch of about 712km, has being a huge economic value to the country since it was delivered to the Federal Government.
CCECC’s General Manager, Corporate Culture, Mr. Vincent Liu, in a statement, said :
“In the course of the documentation, we found from the CCECC that the sincerity in handling and delivering the projects underscore the commitment of the company powered by the Chinese government in genuine support for the infrastructure advancement of Nigeria.
“In the last five years, CCECC Nigeria has completed and handed over four major railway projects to add to the transport infrastructure of the country. They include the Abuja Metro of about 37km, the 186km Abuja-Kaduna railway, the Ajaokuta-Itakpe-Warri 326km railway project and lastly the Lagos-Ibadan project of 156km, with an extension of another 7km.
“These projects have engendered development of Nigeria in no little measures. Their benefits are economic, social, developmental, diplomatic and extend to deepening expertise through the grooming of artisans and professionals for the country as the locals work on these projects.
“They have also contributed to manufacturing in areas related to the railway system. The sleepers on the railway tracks are fabricated in factories in Abuja at the CCECC Idu yards. The concrete works, quarrying and many more, and lately the train cargo production have taken roots in Nigeria through the CCECC projects.
In addition to the rail projects, the agreement between CCECC and the NRC will see the construction giant provide three years of operational technical support.
“Many have been trained as train drivers, repair workers, technicians and more. To deepen the localization of this industry, CCECC assisted to set up the Railway Engineering department at the University of Abuja.
“It is also currently building the Transportation University in Daura, Katsina State, a project the Transportation Minister, Mr. Chibuike Amaechi said was at no cost to Nigeria, just one of the corporate social impacts of the company.
“As the operation runs, CCECC provides the management of key positions, technical personnel for operational guidance according to the nature of different posts and maintenance work needed for a smooth and unhindered operation.
“From our passenger survey, travelers are very satisfied with the service of Lagos- Ibadan railway, which is safe and comfortable, and greatly shortens the travel time. They are enthusiastic that the service would even get better with time and whatever is lacking, we would be from the NRC side and they will take adequate care of that over time.
“CCECC credibility is confirmation that the relationship between China and Nigeria has no deceit to it, reason the company never defaulted in completing the over 110 projects they have handled in Nigeria in the 40 years of her operation.
“CCECC through the parent company in China has been an organ of China’s foreign aid in infrastructure with regional offices in 104 countries in all the continents of the world since it was established in 1979.
“This year, CCECC added another feather to its cap with the completion of the Lagos-Ibadan railway project that has also started operation. The history of Nigeria’s infrastructure development and advancement is incomplete without a mention of the great roles played by the CCECC Nigeria Limited.
“Presently, CCECC Nigeria is handling railway projects such as the Lagos Rail Mass Transit Project (Blue Line)(LRMT), Lagos Rail Mass Transit Project (Red Line)LRMT and the Kaduna-Kano railway project”