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China Pledges Support For Abuja Light Rail Project



The People’s Republic of China has stated that it would continue to assist in the development of Abuja Light Rail project and other projects in the country.

Chairman, China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Jiang Zengwei, who said this in Beijing, China at a world press conference ahead of the Forum on China-African cooperation (FOCAC), identified the Abuja Light Rail project as one of the successes recorded in its growing cooperation with Nigeria and other African nations. 

Zengwei stated that besides assisting in funding the Abuja light rail project, China and Nigeria have exchanged technology and enrich the bilateral relationship between the most populous nation in Asia and that of the African continent. 

He maintained that China’s decision to assist financially in the construction of key infrastructure in the country was borne out of its resolve to boost its trade relationship with Nigeria.   

On the overall relationship with Africa, Zengwei said China would remain committed to a symbiotic relationship with the African continent denying allegations from the west that it is indirectly enslaving Africa with juicy loans. 

LEADERSHIP gathered that the Abuja Light Rail project and other key projects in the FCT, currently handled by Chinese firm would be discussed at the forum which would be attended by the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the secretary of Transportation Secretariat, Comrade Kayode Opeifa.   

Besides, the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama , minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi and minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola amongst others would be attending the forum as parts of the Nigerian government’s delegation.