Chinese construction giant, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC), has committed to the completion of the Abuja light rail project in eight months in line with the determination of President Tinubu’s administration to enhance infrastructure development across the country.
Vice President Kashim Shettima extracted this commitment on Wednesday from the management of CCECC when its Chairman, Mr Jason Zhang, led some members of his management team on a courtesy call at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The VP, in a statement by his spokesman, Stanley Nkwocha, described CCECC as part of Nigeria’s history.
He said the Chinese construction giant had played a pivotal role in developing Nigeria’s landmark projects, adding that their commitment to the development of Nigeria and Africa was commendable.
“You have been in this country for 42 years. We have to commend you for all the beautiful initiatives and support over the years. We share a lot in common with the people of China, just as you have been with us through thick and thin. You have the financial firepower and the willingness to support Nigeria and other African countries without interfering in our local politics. This we appreciate a lot,” said Shettima.
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The vice president assured CCECC that the present administration would sustain the existing relationship with the company and the people of China, saying the Abuja rail project, like others, remains dear to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Nigerian people.
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of CCECC, David Waig, reiterated the company’s commitment towards delivering the project within the stipulated period, saying CCECC would go above board and leave no stone unturned in ensuring the delivery of the Abuja light rail line come May 2024.
He called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to engage an operational company that would quickly see to smooth takeoff of the rail project.
Present at the meeting were the deputy managing directors of the company, Mr Jaques Liao and Mr Inain Guo, as well as Mr Eric Yu, the General Manager (Business) of the company.