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40 years after: CCECC takes stock of roles in developing Nigeria


Since entering the Nigerian market in 1981, we have actively responded to local market demands and fully deployed our resources and business strength in providing local areas with high-quality services relating to infrastructure construction, winning the trust and extensive support of our partners from all walks of life.

At the moment, the Company has launched businesses in 29 states across Nigeria, covering general contracting, project contracting, project management, and consulting services for railways, highways, bridges, municipal projects, housing projects, water projects, and so on. Following the principle of “sincerity, solidarity, amity and integrity” and adhering to the mission of “providing Nigeria with quality infrastructure and services,” CCECC Nigeria has pursued common development and growth with Nigeria. It has also established harmonious and win-win relationships with local stakeholders. We earnestly devote to local development. Through near 40 years of development featuring win-win cooperation, CCECC Nigeria has proven to be a truly reliable partner willing and able to support the prosperity and development of Nigeria. Sticking to pragmatic cooperation and relying on CCECC’s strong competences, CCECC Nigeria has kept innovating in development visions and expanded areas of cooperation and development. We help Nigeria create high-quality infrastructure projects and provide quality services to local areas, and continue to deepen China-Nigeria cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative. Insisting on localized development, CCECC Nigeria employs and trains local staff with great effort. We have established sound talent echelons, realized win-win cooperation with local suppliers and subcontractors, supported local communities in improving livelihoods, created diversified values for local areas, and established close and deep ties with local people. Upholding honest operations, we strictly abide by local laws and regulations, act in line with business ethics, and protect the ecological environment, which lays a solid foundation for the Company’s long-term and sustainable development in Nigeria. In the future, we will remain a true friend and good partner of Nigeria to help her develop and thrive, strike a balance between the expectations and the demands of stakeholders, strive to create higher economic, social, and environmental values, and promote the high-quality development of the Belt and Road, contributing to the sustainable economic and social development of Nigeria.

Formidable 49 years profile

China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), formerly the Foreign Aid Bureau of the Ministry of Railways, was established in 1979. As one of the first four foreign trade enterprises in China to enter the international market, CCECC was incorporated into China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) in 2003. By now, CCECC has developed into a large-scale group focusing on transportation infrastructure while covering design consulting, investment, railway operation and maintenance, industrial park, trade and logistics and many other sectors. CCECC possesses special-grade and grade-A qualifications for general contracting of railway, construction and urban infrastructure projects and Grade A (II) qualification for railway design, and has been selected in the ENR Top 225 Global Contractors List for 19 consecutive years. Since the 1960s, CCECC has started to build China’s largest foreign aid project – the Tanzania-Zambia Railway. The continuous development over near 40 years enables the Group to operate in Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania. Up to now, the Group has established regional offices in 104 countries and regions around the world. During the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative, CCECC has implemented or tracked projects in 79 countries that have signed cooperation documents with China on jointly building the Belt and Road. We have been deeply involved in overseas infrastructure construction and undertaken many landmark projects setting records for Chinese contractors: the Turkey Ankara-Istanbul High-Speed Railway Project is the first overseas high-speed railway constructed by Chinese enterprises; the Abuja-Kaduna Railway in Nigeria marks the export of Chinese railway standards for the first time; the Abuja Rail Mass Transit is the first urban light rail project in West Africa; the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway is the first cross-border modern electrified railway in Africa. We have expanded our business from engineering and contracting to project development and operation, transforming from a pure contractor to multiple roles such as an investor, an operator and a developer. We strive to capture valuable business opportunities and allocate production factors worldwide, and make every effort to building a multinational company with a great corporate image and strong business competitiveness.

Here in Nigeria to stay

CCECC Nigeria Ltd. (CCECC Nigeria) Incorporated in 1996, CCECC Nigeria Ltd. (CCECC Nigeria), is a subsidiary of CCECC headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria. As the largest construction contractor in Nigeria and even in West Africa, CCECC Nigeria has obtained Grade-A qualifications for constructing projects of the Nigerian government. The Company has launched businesses in 29 out of 36 states across Nigeria, covering general contracting, project contracting, project management, and consulting services for railways, highways, bridges, municipal projects, housing projects, water projects, and so on. CCECC Nigeria has successively undertaken or secured key projects in Nigeria, including repair and renovation projects of existing railways, highway projects in four towns of Cross River State, the Nigerian Railway Modernization Project, the Damaturu-Maiduguri Road Project, Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) Project (Phase I), LRMT Project (Blue Line), the Four New Terminal Buildings Project, the Nigerian Coastal Rail Project, and the Ibadan Light Rail Project (Section 1 of Phase 1), forming a business structure centering on transportation infrastructure and engineering contracting. Apart from improving the engineering contracting business, CCECC Nigeria has continuously expanded the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry chain to facilitate diversified development. The Company has contracted multiple projects, including the Athletes’ Village Project, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) Building Project, the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project (Phase I), the EMU and Traction Maintenance Depot Equipment Procurement Project, Procurement of Locomotives for Abuja-Kaduna Railway and Lagos-Ibadan Railway Project, forming the 1+N business structure covering diverse industries. Adhering to the mission of “providing Nigeria with quality infrastructure and services,” CCECC Nigeria has pursued common development with Nigeria, winning the recognition of relevant industry associations, government departments, and private organizations in Nigeria. The Company has also won many honors and awards, including the Outstanding Contribution Award of the Construction & Civil Engineering Senior Staff Association (CCESSA), the Best Infrastructure Construction Company of Nigeria, the Nigeria Outstanding Highway Contractor Award of the Nigerian Quality Products Council, the Best Infrastructure Contractor in Nigeria of the Nigerian Transport Association, and so on.

Diverse construction

CCECC Nigeria engages in the construction and related services of railways, highways, urban light rails, bridges, ports, and other infrastructure projects. In the design phase, we strengthen overall planning to help Nigeria build integrated and interconnected transportation infrastructure projects and create a multidimensional transportation system, aiming to provide brand-new, punctual, safe, convenient, and economical transportation services for local citizens. We are committed to using sustainable transportation infrastructure solutions to benefit people’s work and life, laying a foundation for sustainable economic and social development in Nigeria.

With the continuous development of the market demand, economy, and society of Nigeria, we continue to upgrade our businesses. On the basis of strengthening our main business – rail transit infrastructure construction, we continue to expand towards planning, design, operation and maintenance, and other upstream and downstream sectors, aiming to provide better integrated infrastructure services for the local area. At the same time, we have improved our development capabilities, providing engineering services for the local area in terms of water-related projects, agricultural development, and power infrastructure, and launched and deepened the investment business, striving to make greater contributions to local economic and social development. The Lekki Free Zone jointly invested and constructed by the Chinese Consortium in the name of CCECC-CALI (China-Africa Lekki Investment Limited), the Lagos State Government and Lekki Worldwide Investments Limited, has been highly valued by Nigerian governments at all levels since its launch in 2006, and it is regarded as a model for free trade zones developed by China and Africa as well as a pilot project in Nigeria. Providing one-stop services for enterprises, the free trade zone has attracted investments from a large number of companies engaging in manufacturing, trade, and logistics, creating a lot of jobs for local areas and driving Nigeria’s industrialization.

Novel transportation university for Nigeria

In December 2019, CCECC and the Ministry of Transportation (Nigeria), through cooperation with Chinese universities, jointly launched the construction of the University of Transportation in Daura, Nigeria to help Nigeria cultivate local talents responsible for railway operation, maintenance, and construction, and build up a long-term talent cultivation mechanism for Nigeria’s transportation sector. After completion, the University of Transportation in Daura, Nigeria will be the first transportation university in Africa and help Nigeria develop into pioneers in Africa’s transportation sector. According to the requirements of the Ministry of Transportation (Nigeria), CCECC undertakes the construction of the university and will deliver a high-quality campus for Nigeria. After the construction of the university is completed, CCECC will cooperate with the university on some courses to facilitate the joint running of the university by the university and enterprises, and effectively improve teaching quality and students’ professional and practical experience. Once completed and opened, the university is expected to operate at a world standard.

Human resource grooming

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime. CCECC Nigeria makes great efforts to train talents in engineering construction, railway operation, industrial park operation, etc., and provides the best Nigerian students with opportunities to participate in exchange programs in China. In this way, we strive to promote the transfer of professional technologies and build a talent pool for modernization of Nigeria.

CCECC Nigeria puts an emphasis on the development of employees’ vocational skills. We improve local engineering construction level and strengthen the transfer of operation technologies through various means, including providing vocational skills training, supporting employees in getting access to academic education, and assisting local areas in building higher education disciplines, etc. This helps build a talent pool for construction, operation, maintenance of engineering projects in Nigeria and lays a solid foundation for future development.

The 34-year-old Issah Abiola, whose Chinese name is Bai Yang, joined CCECC Nigeria in 2008 as an office assistant in the Company’s paving and framing team. After completing the professional training of the Company, Bai Yang realizes her childhood dream to become a train driver in the ARMT Project (Phase I), and becomes the first female train driver in Nigeria. During the eight months of systematic training and three months of on-the-job study, Bai Yang insisted on learning operational skills inside the cabin made in Nigeria during daytime and read handbooks on train operation and maintenance during nighttime. Bai Yang and her Chinese instructor have built up a strong friendship during day-to-day communication and collaboration. Bai Yang has been a train driver for five years. Every day, her train carries thousands of passengers commuting between the downtown area of Abuja and Abuja Airport. Now, she can train local drivers independently. After work, she teaches other trainees to drive the train, aiming to help more people work hard for themselves and the ARMT Project

In 2007, Mohamed Alex, a fresh graduate from university, joined CCECC Nigeria as an intern. In a period of 13 years, he has continued to grow and undertaken various positions successively, including earth field recorder, surveyor, experimenter, technician, and project manager. Finally, he becomes a site manager with technical skills and management expertise. Mohamed Alex is now a father of three children and has a happy family. As the site manager of a 67.7 billion naira highway project, he is highly responsible and confident for the future.

Key projects

CCECC Nigeria has carried out overall planning of the design and construction of the Abuja-Kaduna Railway, the ARMT Project (Phase I), and the new terminal of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to realize the interconnection and convenient transfer among the three projects. By creating the first multidimensional transportation system in West Africa, we have put public transportation in a benign cycle of operation, and effectively improved the modernization of transportation in Nigeria. Completion of the three projects has made it easier for local people to travel and improved logistics efficiency: The transfer center of Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport connects the ARMT Project (Phase I) and the airport’s terminal, enabling passengers to proceed to the ticket and departure halls directly from the Airport station of the urban light rail through the transfer center on the same floor. The whole process only takes five minutes, greatly benefiting local passengers; The IDU Station Transfer Center of the ARMT Project (Phase I) is seamlessly connected to the Abuja-Kaduna Railway. In the future, it will reach Kano to the north and the port of Lagos to the south to realize the quick flow of goods and passengers by sea, land, and air, thus meeting local residents’ needs for transportation and logistics services; The integrated transfer center at the central station of the ARMT Project (Phase I) is connected to the bus station. In the future, it will realize seamless transfer to the ARMT Project (Phase 2) and make transportation more convenient for local citizens.

Supporting Nigerian businesses

CCECC Nigeria actively deepens cooperation with local companies. Working closely with local suppliers, we purchase materials and services needed by project construction locally as much as possible, and earnestly cooperate with local stakeholders from the supply chain, industry chain, and value chain, striving to stimulate the development of local businesses, commeAccording to the reality of the Nigerian market, we try our best to source raw materials and other products and services needed in our projects locally. In this way, we can improve the efficiency of project construction while creating greater added value for local areas. By now, the Company has established long-term partnerships with many local suppliers of bulk commodities and realized local procurement of rebar, asphalt, pyrotechnics, cement, diesel oil, auxiliary oil, and tires, etc.

We have established a list of qualified suppliers and subcontractors, and adjust and update the list based on the results of the annual evaluation, so as to encourage and support the development of responsible suppliers. While cooperating with local subcontractors, we continue to optimize the allocation of resources, provide training for locals, increase the proportion of projects subcontracted to local companies, and support the development of small and medium-sized partners. Since 2017, we have signed 288 subcontracting contracts with 170 Nigerian companies with a total contract value of approximately 25 billion naira (around USD 82 million).

During the construction of the Four New Terminal Buildings Project, we actively promoted cooperation with local subcontractors and increased the proportion of subcontracting. The air-conditioning installation, elevator installation, power distribution equipment, waterproofing work and other projects were subcontracted to local large-, medium-, and small-sized suppliers. To ensure the quality of subcontracted projects, we carefully supervised construction work and assigned professionals and technical personnel to provide on-site guidance to subcontractors to help improve their construction level and technical skills. Since the start of the Four New Terminal Buildings Project, the total value of local subcontracting contracts has reached approximately 20.5 billion naira (around USD 58.57 million).

Facilitator of Nigeria transport economy

We have established a convenient and efficient transportation system by building roads, railways, terminal buildings, and other infrastructure projects, improving local transportation infrastructure. Also, we help improve local logistics services to benefit the production and life of local residents, logistics parks, and industrial development, thus accelerating the development of local industries and the service sector and drive the local economy to prosper.

In 2021, CCECC Nigeria will launch the Ibadan Inland Dry Port Project, the first project of the Company to be operated under the BOOT (build–own–operate–transfer) mode. Located at the intersection of the Lagos-Ibadan Railway and the planned Ibadan-Kaduna Railway, the Ibadan Inland Dry Port Project is expected to further promote the role of the region as a transportation hub, alleviate the traffic pressure of urban Lagos and local ports, and create economic and social benefits. Helping improve port logistics and transportation infrastructure of Lagos, alleviating traffic congestion, and improving the cargo collection and distribution system of the port; promoting the development of multimodal transport, improving logistics services in Nigeria, and reducing the costs of cargo collection and distribution. Providing catalysts for economic development of surrounding areas, building warehousing areas, supporting service areas, and industrial parks at dry ports in surrounding areas in the future to boost local industrial and agricultural development, drive local employment, and create new economic growth points for Ibadan.

Good community relations

CCECC Nigeria values communication with local communities. While developing our projects, we pay visits to local communities and tribes, and communicate the value of the projects to them. We try our best to know their needs, and actively respond to those needs. By developing community infrastructure projects and projects aimed at improving the local science, educational, cultural and health conditions, participating in local poverty alleviation, education, emergency rescues, and disaster relief, and organizing photography exhibitions, singing competitions, and other activities, we have built harmonious relationships with local communities.

CCECC GM Corporate Culture, Mr. Vincent Liu recieves a book written about the company’s Abuja integrated transport system from Ikenna Emewu, Executive Director of the Afri-China Media Centre at the CCECC head office, Abuja

In the process of project development, we try our best to meet the expectations and needs of local communities and pay regular visits to local residents and tribal elders living near the projects to enhance mutual trust, deepen friendship, and promote mutual development together with them.

Support for education

We care about and actively support education in the places where we carry out projects. By donating funds to school construction as well as donating stationery and sports supplies, we are helping more local children receive better education. In addition, we publicize safety knowledge to local communities based on our own business characteristics, creating a good atmosphere for safety education.

Collaborating against Covid-19

On February 27, 2020, the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was found in Nigeria. In view of the country’s high population density and limited medical resources, the situation of pandemic prevention and control was rather difficult and complex. On March 29, after receiving the urgent request from the local government for supporting the renovation of a local theater into a mobile cabin hospital, CCECC Nigeria made every effort to overcome difficulties, such as the lockdown in Abuja, the closure of building materials markets, and the shortage of manpower. The Company deployed 30 Chinese and 85 local employees from the Abuja Airport Terminal Project as well as 12 sets of equipment to the project. Within two weeks, the Company successfully completed the reconstruction of the ground and the welding of the partitions, and built the entrances and exits, toilets, disinfection rooms, water tanks, septic tanks, disinfection chambers, etc., and promptly sent experts to assist other companies in the installation and debugging of equipment. On May 12, we successfully completed the renovation of the mobile cabin hospital, and handed over to the Nigerian government a cabin hospital with about 200 beds, isolation and easy disinfection areas, water supply and drainage system, washrooms, and leisure facilities that can treat mild and severe cases. CCECC Nigeria’s effort to build the mobile cabin hospital has eased the pressure on Nigeria to fight the pandemic, and boosted the confidence of local medical staff. In addition, it also demonstrates the Company’s outstanding capabilities of performing contracts and constructing projects, as well as fulfilling the responsibility of Chinese companies in Africa. More importantly, by building the hospital, CCECC Nigeria has created a new example of “intelligent manufacturing in China” and the Chinese speed, displaying China’s advanced experiences and its willingness to support the international community in pandemic prevention and control. It is a new embodiment of the deep friendship between the Chinese and African peoples during difficult times, and has consolidated China’s image as a major responsible country


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