The Chinese construction giant, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd, CCECC, on Wednesday, revealed it is committed to completing the Abuja light rail project within eight months. This is in line with the determination of President Bola Tinubu's administration to enhance infrastructure development across the country. The Vice President, Senator Kashim Shettima, extracted this commitment 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 today.
Shettima said the Abuja rail project, like others, remains dear to President Tinubu and the Nigerian people.
The VP described the company as part of Nigeria's history, noting that the Chinese construction giant has played a pivotal role in developing Nigeria's landmark project.
Senator Shettima in a statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Communications, Office of the Vice President, Stanley Nkwocha, was quoted as saying, “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.”
Speaking earlier, the Managing Director of CCECC, 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.