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Government tasks CCECC to build coaches, locomotives In Nigeria 

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Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while performing the groundbreaking ceremony of Wagon Assembly Plant at Kajola, Ifo Local Council of Ogun State. Photo: TWITTER/NIGERIAGOV

The Federal Government has tasked China Civil Engineering and Construction Corporation (CCECC) to begin the construction of coaches and locomotives in Nigeria to drive its railway modernisation project.
 
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, while performing the groundbreaking ceremony of Wagon Assembly Plant at Kajola, Ifo Local Council of Ogun State, yesterday, explained that the newly commissioned wagon plant would generate 5,000 direct and indirect jobs, apart from driving local capacity in railway modernisation.
   
The direct investment project of CCECC when completed would see to the assemblage of parts of wagons for the Lagos – Ibadan, Abuja – Kaduna rail lines, central rail lines, and also satisfy the needs of rail operators within the West African sub-region.
   
The Guardian learned that the Federal Government after awarding a contract for the manufacturing of wagons to the CCECC insisted that the construction firm establish a manufacturing plant in the country as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) effort.

It further directed that 60 per cent of the wagons should be assembled in-country and 40 per cent imported.
 
Osinbajo said that President Muhammadu Buhari was passionate about the railway modernisation project as it holds the key to transforming commerce in Nigeria and on the continent, by linking the ports to the rail lines, just as building the railway rolling stock locally would further spur import and export businesses.
 
He said the siting of the plant in the country and the commitment to hiring Nigerians and Nigerian businesses, affirms the President’s directive in Executive Order 5 on prioritising Nigerians and their businesses in the innovation, production, and procurement of engineering projects and services. 

In his remarks, the Managing Director of CCECC, Jiang Yigao, said the corporation would support the Federal Government in its determination to develop railway transportation across the country.


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