Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has said that government has signed an agreement with China for the establishment of a Wagon Assembly Plant in the nation.
He said that the Buhari administration is passionate about transferring the knowledge of rail technology to the country thereby enabling Nigerians to assemble and maintain rail transport equipment and facilities.
According to him, the plant will also assemble railway rolling stocks.
“As part of our resolve to bring home rail technology and have our own people produce, develop and maintain rail transport equipment and facilities, we have convinced our Chinese partners to establish a Wagon Assembly Plant here in Nigeria.
“We have since signed the agreement, we are set. The factory will be situated in Kajola, Ogun State along the Lagos-Ibadan railway corridor. The ground breaking ceremony is scheduled for the 8th of November, 2019. Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osibanjo will lay the foundation stone.
“We’ll procure the 1st batch of Wagons from the production line for the Lagos-Ibadan freight train operations. As its capacity increases, Coaches and Wagons will be produced there,” the Minister tweeted on Tuesday via @ChibuikeAmaechi.