The China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) has opened its railway technology training center in Abuja, Nigeria. The center is mainly set up to train local artisans and technicians on how to manage the Nigerian construction industry.
At the unveiling ceremony of the Idu Training Center, Qi Xiaotian, a member of the top management of the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC), said the training scheme is necessary for Nigerian employees with the development and operation of the Nigerian modern railways and urban mass transit rail system in Abuja and Lagos.
The training program is expected to produce highly skilled individuals to be engaged by the construction industry in Nigeria.
According to the Honorary President of the Abuja Training School, Jonathan Olopade, “We are creating a link between the construction industry and the local technicians and artisans in a way that brings them up to the standard that can match our needs as well as address the structural unemployment concerns of the country”.
He also noted that the training school’s objective is to be a major contributor to the net capacity development of master technicians and artisans in the country.
“We are starting off with the Abuja Training School and our intent is that in due time, we will move to Lagos and some other parts of the country,” he added.
Chinese ambassador to Nigeria, Deng Boqing, said at the opening ceremony of the training center that the opening of the school marks the implementation of targets set by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Beijing in July.