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Chinese contractors CCECC return to Nigeria after elections

Infra News - Published on Tue, 19 Mar 2019

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Punch reported that Chinese contractors of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation who are constructing the Lagos-Ibadan rail project have returned to Nigeria, having left shortly before the general elections. Presidential, National Assembly, governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections were held across the country in February and March 2019.

Mr Rotimi Amaechi, the Minister of Transportation, stated that the CCECC workers were back on site and had commenced work on the Lagos-Ibadan rail project. On why the construction workers left the project site during the elections.

Mr Amaechi said that “That is their company procedure. They said where they are doing jobs, if there are elections, they will have to go back to their country and come back after the elections.”

On whether the Federal Government was informed about this, the minister replied, “No we weren’t. We just got to know about it now.”

Mr Amaechi said the government was pushing for the completion of civil works on the Abeokuta to Ibadan section of the project before the raining season fully commenced.

He said that “We are pushing that they must complete civil works on the Abeokuta to Ibadan rail line before the rains and they have promised that by the time we come on March 28, they would have gone far with the civil works. We are pushing that by the first to second week in April they should be very close to Ibadan with the track laying.”

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
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