CCECC Targets Q2 of 2024 for Completion of Abuja Light Rail
By Adedapo Adesanya
The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) Limited has promised to complete the Abuja light rail project in eight months, in line with the determination of President Bola Tinubu’s administration to enhance infrastructure development across the country.
The Chinese construction firm gave this assurance after a meeting with the Vice President, Mr Kashim Shettima, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Mr Shettima described CCECC as part of Nigeria’s history, saying the Chinese construction giant has played a pivotal role in developing Nigeria’s landmark projects, adding that their commitment to the development of Nigeria and Africa is commendable.
In his words, “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.”
Mr Shettima 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 his boss and the Nigerian people.
On his part, the Managing Director of CCECC, Mr David Waig, reiterated the company’s commitment towards delivering the project within the stipulated period, saying CCECC will 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 will quickly see the 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. Mr Eric Yu, the General Manager (Business) of the company, was also in attendance.