China’s construction giant, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC Nigeria Limited has vowed to continue strengthening the existing partnership with Nigeria through its sustainable economic and social development efforts.
The CCECC which has been on the forefront of Nigeria’s infrastructure rejuvenation has so far accomplished various landmark projects across the country, especially in recent times.
Speaking at a press conference organized by the Center for China Studies in Abuja to unveil the company’s corporate social responsibility report, the Deputy Managing Director of the CCECC Nigeria, Mr. Han Shuang, said since entering into the Nigerian market in 1981, the company has actively responded to local market demands and fully deployed its resources and business strength in providing Nigeria with high-quality services relating to infrastructure construction, adding that, the company has integrated social responsibility concepts into its corporate management system.
Shuang revealed that at the moment, the Company had launched businesses in 29 states across Nigeria, covering railways, airports, highways, bridges, municipal projects, housing projects, water projects, and so on.
He said CCECC has promoted localized development by employing and training thousands of local staff.
“We have realized win-win cooperation with local suppliers and subcontractors, supported local communities in improving livelihoods, and established close and deep ties with local people.
“Through nearly 40years of development featuring win-win cooperation, CCECC Nigeria has proven to be truly reliable partner willing and able to support the prosperity and development of Nigeria,” he noted.
The75-page report, which is said to be the first social responsibility report issued by CCECC Nigeria limited, is themed “Striving with Nigeria Towards a Better Future.”
While presenting the report, a Chief consultant of the CCECC, Chief Okey Nwagbara said CCECC Nigeria “strives commitedly to honour sincerity of purpose, friendship, equality, and mutual benefits to the advantage of all.”
Nwagbara highlighted the company’s strategic action plans and achievements over the period which includes modernization of Railways such as the Lagos-Ibadan-Abuja-Minna, Kaduna-Kano-Katsina -Madi, as well as Coastal Railways and Itakpe -Warri railway systems and their corresponding terminal station buildings. Others include Abuja and Lagos Mass Transit railways, the Lagos Badagry Expressway among others.
Speaking to reporters earlier at the event, the Director, Centre for China Studies, Mr. Charles Onunaiju, said CCECC has been a very key player in driving the China’s ambitious Belt and Road framework of international cooperation, adding that it has delivered several projects within Nigeria and beyond.
Onunaiju said that the CCECC has been a key player in the transport sector of infrastructure connectivity and has been very exemplary as most connectivity projects in Nigeria are within the domain of the Belt and Road.
“CCECC is actively promoting the Belt and Road in Nigeria, across Nigeria, within Africa and the world.
“Already it is involved in belt and road projects in over 79 countries across the world so it is a key participant in that framework of engaging and building a community of shared future for humanity.
“Because it is believed that shared future for all humanity is not possible without being underwritten by infrastructure connectivity and that is where CCECC is playing a very pivotal role,” Onunaiju said.
Speaking on the plans of the Federal Government to amend the Nigeria Railway Cooperation (NRC) Act, Onunaiju said it was a welcome development that will now empower states to run their own rail systems.
He said the development will further improve interconnectivity within the country, integrate local markets and connect them to national markets.
Onunaiju said that the framework is long overdue so I think CCECC will play a very important role because already, it is involved in over 29 states among the 36 states
The maiden corporate social responsibility report, which compiles data and cases, also emphasized that the company endeavours to provide the most suitable project plans by considering local conditions and future progress, based on the Nigerian government’s development aspirations.