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Chinese construction firm completes dualisation of 220km Nigerian road

China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC) Nigeria Limited has completed the expansion of the 5.4km Abuja-Keffi expressway and dualisation of the 220km Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi road projects.

The construction company said the roads were now under a concessionary phase of maintenance that would last 25 years.

Project Manager, Li Qiang Qiang, said this during a tour of the roads in Lafia, Nasarawa State.

The $42,144,047.29 project, co-funded by the Federal Government and the China Export and Import (EXIM) Bank Limited was divided into phases to ease implementation.

Phase I involved the dualisation of the Keffi-Akwanga-Lafia-Makurdi road, with Phase II including the dualisation of the Makurdi-Otukpo-Obollo-Afor-Enugu road.

The construction company has already commenced work on Phase II, with contractors and equipment mobilised to site.

He told journalists that the company went through a lot of challenges during the construction phase in order to ensure that the project was delivered within the contractual time frame.

Qiang said: “For a project of this magnitude, we are happy that we delivered within time frame, meeting our contractual obligation to the Federal Government of Nigeria irrespective of challenges. The project was signed in April 2019 and that was the year we had a global shutdown as a result of Covid-19. This was a major drawback to the smooth take-off of the project. There were land acquisition and right of way issues; we had to relocate power lines and water pipes. There were difficulties, but we are happy that we were able to overcome all of them and still deliver this road within four years, thereby meeting our contractual obligation.

“You can see the quality of the road. Before now it took more than nine hours to drive from Abuja to Makurdi but now it takes just about four and half hours. That’s a remarkable improvement.

The project manager noted that CHEC has now entered a concessionary phase of maintenance of the road infrastructure.

“Under this concessionary phase, China Habour is charged with the maintenance of the road for the next twenty five years. The road would be one of the best in the country, that I can assure you,” he said.


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