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Railway wagon assembly plant in Ogun to generate 5,000 jobs – Amaechi



The Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi, has said that about 5000 jobs would be generated from the railway Wagon Assembly Plant being built at Kajola in Ogun State.

Amaechi said the plant is one of the gains of the federal government’s partnership with the Chinese Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) on the ongoing rail construction projects, particularly, the contract for the supply of rolling stock for the Abuja-Kaduna, Warri-Itakpe and Lagos-Ibadan rail lines.

The minister spoke during the plant’s groundbreaking ceremony performed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the project site in Kajola, weekend.

He said,the project is “To meet the increasing demand of both passenger and freight on the new Nigeria Standard Gauge Railway Service, the Federal Government awarded contract for the procurement of Rolling Stock, that is, Locomotives, Coaches, Wagons and contemporary Diesel Multiple Units to serve movement of passengers and freight on the Abuja-Kaduna, Itakpe – Ajaokuta – Warri train services as well as the ongoing Lagos – Ibadan Railway.

 It will also serve any railway service in the West-African sub-region.

It is expected that the plant would generate job opportunities for Nigerians and as well facilitate the much-desired objective of the government towards the local content capacity development.

This 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.

The project when completed would be able to generate about 5,000 jobs and in the long run Nigeria would be able to manufacture rolling stock for Nigerian use and for other African countries and also conserve our much-needed foreign exchange, which can be deployed to other areas of development.

Commending CCECC for their effort and commitment to the project, Amaechi called for all necessary support to be given to the company to achieve success

Performing the ground-breaking ceremony of the plant, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo hailed Amaechi, for his commitment to the project and all rail projects across the country and also to the Chinese government, particularly the investor, CCECC Nigeria Limited for this significant and strategic investment.

He noted that the project is an important one for Nigeria, as it would not only produce, but provide support and growth for indigenous engineers and generate employment for thousands of Nigerians.

Also, Managing Director of CCECC, Jiang Yigao expressed the company’s commitment to work with Nigerian authorities to achieve the country’s aim of modernising its railway.

He explained the motive behind the Wagon Assembly Plant project and the benefits that would accrue to Nigeria through the project.

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