Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Saturday urged the China Civil Engineering and Construction Company to begin the production of rail wagons and coaches in Nigeria.
He spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony of the new rail wagons assembly plant at Kajola in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State.
He said the project would generate 5000 direct and indirect jobs when completed.
The project is a joint initiative between the federal government and CCECC and is intended to drive Nigeria’s railway modernisation policy.
It will also provide parts for the Abuja-Kaduna and Lagos-Ibadan railway projects.
It will also supply parts to Nigeria’s neighbours.
Osinbajo said: “The site of the plant in Nigeria affirms the President’s directive in Executive Order Five on prioritizing Nigerians and Nigerian businesses in the innovation, production and procurement of engineering projects and services. “It will offer an important platform for engineers, artisans, technicians and other professionals to gain the specialised skills required for production and maintenance of rolling stocks.”
Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in his address said the plant would generate 5000 jobs and boost Nigeria’s capability in railway management.
The plant which is wholly owned by CCECC, he said, “will be the first of its kind in Nigeria and the first batch of the wagons to be assembled from the production line of this plant will form part of the rolling stock for Lagos – Ibadan and Abuja – Kaduna Railway operations. Subsequently, other rolling stock would be produced as its production capacities increase.”
CCECC’s Managing Director, Yiang Jigao, said the plant was in realisation of its objective to boost local production.