China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd, CSCEC, has stated its readiness to invest in the development of the country’s aviation sector, especially the construction of Aerotropolis within the major international airports in Nigeria.
Disclosing this at the headquarters of the CSCEC in Beijing, China during a visit by the delegation from the aviation ministry currently on investment drive in China, the Corporation’s Overseas Operations Vice President, Yu Zhende stated that Nigeria is a major country in Africa hence the development of her aviation sector would establish the country as a major hub on the African continent.
Yu Zhende who said a delegation from CSCEC will soon visit Nigeria to study and deliberate more on the concept of Aerotropolis development expressed the readiness of the company to sign an agreement and mobilise to site as soon as the Nigerian and Chinese governments come to a compromise.
In his words, “We will send a delegation to Nigeria to conceptualise this project; subsequently we will work with the Chinese government to finance this project.”
He disclosed that it will take the support of both governments to actualise the project, saying that “we will move as fast as the Nigerian government wants us to move.”
He assured that financing the project will not pose any serious challenge for the Chinese government once an agreement is reached.
Commenting on the technical know-how of CSCEC, the vice president said the company has vast and extensive experience in airport construction in China, the UAE, Europe, Asia and Africa.
He explained that the magnificent African Union building in Ethiopia was built by CSCEC and donated to the AU and assured that quality and timely deliverance forms the bedrock of all its projects.
In the same vein, Huawei Technologies Company of China in conjunction with their IT solutions partner, SITA has presented a joint proposal to the aviation ministry seeking to provide IT Infrastructure for the new terminals.
The proposals were made when the Nigerian delegation visited Huawei at their headquarters in Shenzhen where discussions and meetings were held with top management of the enterprise group. The discussions centred on the fundamentals of FAAN’s desired IT infrastructure for the new terminals.
In addition, the delegation met and held discussions with Airport Design Specialists CSWADI and the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design, BIAD, including an airport specialised equipment suppliers CIMC- Tianda (for Avionics bridges and Apron buses) as well as CASRI (for airport baggage handling systems). All companies expressed strong desire to partner with the ministry in the development of aviation industry in Nigeria.
By Franklin Ihejirika, Lagos