Keffi Road, the new high road boosting Nigeria-China development – CHEC MD

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Managing Director of China Harbour Engineering Company Nigeria Limited (CHEC), Zhang Wenfeng, says the Keffi-Abuja-Makurdi Expressway being expanded by his company is a new high road boosting Nigeria-China development trajectory. In an interview with a select group of journalists, which visited the Keffi–Makurdi road project’s construction site in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Wenfeng reels out CHEC’s achievements in the implementation of Keffi-Makurdi Road project and its implications for Nigeria’s transportation system, employment and economy. INNOCENT ODOH was there. Excerpts:

Can you talk us through the profile of your company and its work activities?

CHEC is a subsidiary and a major construction and engineering arm of China Communication Construction Company (CCCC), which ranked No.3 among Engineering News Record in 2018 and first of Chinese construction companies for 10 consecutive years. Different from other subsidiaries, we are authorised by the Chinese government to handle overseas businesses, meaning our focus is on the international markets. CHEC provides a full scope of services including EPC (Engineering-Procurement-Construction), BOT(Build-Operate-Transfer) and PPP(Private-Public-Partnership) contracts in both public and private sectors, and our business covers marine engineering, dredging and reclamation, roads and bridges, railways, airports and so on. Also, CHEC’s 80 branches and representative offices have a global footprint across over 100 countries with more than 15,000 staff undertaking hundreds of international projects with a total turnover of 21 billion U.S. dollars. We are contractors, manufacturers, investors, developers and operators, and this is in accordance with our role in global infrastructural market as an integrated service provider.

What has been your company’s experience in Nigeria?

CHEC entered the infrastructural market of Nigeria in 1994. Having accumulated an extensive knowledge of Nigerian market after 25 years’ endeavor, CHEC has executed various projects across different fields, including dredging works in Calabar River, rehabilitation of Terminal … Read More...

‘I will run an open, transparent, accessible government’

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Babajide Sanwo-Olu, incoming governor of Lagos State, spoke in this interview with select journalists. Iheanyi Nwachukwu was there and brings excerpts.

It has been 20 years since the progressives have been at the helm of affairs in Lagos. Would you say this journey has been good so far?

I honestly want to agree and say to you clearly that it’s been worth it. It’s been worth it for us as progressives but more important is that it’s been worth it for Lagosians. Twenty years ago, if you want to be fair, this is not the Lagos that we had twenty years ago. Lagos was not about the 6th largest economy in Africa. It didn’t have 22 or 23 million people. It didn’t have a lot of the things it has now in terms of infrastructure, health, education; and of course you may also say that Lagos didn’t have these many traffic and refuse.  But what you see is that Lagos has grown to be one of the biggest mega cities in that space of time and it has come with its huge opportunities and a lot of challenges. The progressives have held their turf, they have held it very well. They have created wealth for Lagosians, built structures, bridges, all around the city. They have developed people. New schools and hospitals have been built, and the revenue of the state has astronomically been enhanced through quality representation.

When they started in 1999, history shows that it was a little over N600 million that was being generated, but tens of billions are being generated now. The question is, is that also enough for today’s challenges? It is not, and I’ll come to that later. But in terms of growth, we have seen a leap in the