Nigeria: Ogun State pens agreement for a US$3bn Light rail

Iddo light railway station Badagry 10 lane express-way
Planned Iddo light railway station on the Badagry 10 lane express-way

Ogun State in Nigeria is planning to undertake  construction of intra and inter-city light rail network to connect various parts of the region. This was revealed by the State Governor Ibikunle Amosun after signing a US$3.2bn contract with the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCEEC) in Abeokuta, the state capital.

The signing was undertaken at executive chambers of the Governor’s Office at Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.

The Chinese construction company is expected to deliver this light railway project within three years. It is expected that the railway network will ease transport as well as movement of commodities across the state. It will also lessen pressure on highways in the state. The contractor is expected to source for project funds.

The light rail project is expected to benefit local contractors who are set to supply 10 percent of the materials needed for the project according to Governor Amosun.  It will also enhance capacity building and technology transfer.

The governor said light rail construction would begin with intra-state network, which will then be linked to networks in the neighboring states.

The State Governor said construction of the rural roads will be commenced and completed.

Chairman of China Civil Engineering Construction Company – CCECC, Mr. Cao Baogang, assured that the project would be completed within the duration of 3 years. Nigeria is also undertaking construction of Lekki Deep SeaPort to open itself for more opportunities.

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