Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Transport, has announced the delivery of the first batch of new trains built by renowned Chinese train manufacturing company, CCRC. The first batch consists of two motored cars and four locomotives.
“I have taken delivery and they would soon be in Nigeria”, Amaechi disclosed on his Twitter handle, @ChibuikeAmaechi.
According to him, work is ongoing on the second batch of trains. The global plan, he said, is for the federal government to “connect and unite the entire country by rail”.
CRRC is a massive Chinese government-owned conglomerate with deep ties to the Chinese communist party. CRRC is a key player in the government’s “Made in China 2025” initiative, in which China is aiming to dominate sectors of the global industrial economy, including rail manufacturing.
Most of the recent attention about CRRC has been centered on the Chinese government’s efforts to use the company to dominate passenger rail car manufacturing, including in the United States. Backed by government subsidies, CRRC has severely underbid (and won) taxpayer-funded contracts to build rail cars in cities like Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago.
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