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Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by naptu2: 8:20am On Nov 07, 2023
Railways Along the Belt and Road | Megaprojects transforming Nigeria

Shen Shiwei
29-Oct-2023


Editor's note: On the 10th anniversary of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), let's take a look at the railways in BRI partner countries and explore the projects as well as the local sights and sounds. In this article of the "Railways Along the Belt and Road" series, we focus on how mega-infrastructure projects like airports, sea ports and light-rail are helping realize Nigeria's dream of making its 219 million people more prosperous.


Railways Along the Belt and Road, Mega-infrastructure projects like airports, sea ports and light-rail are helping realize Nigeria's dream of making its 219 million people more prosperous. Shen Shiwei, Huang Ruiqi/CGTN

Nigeria's railway system has been in existence for over 100 years. But following years of neglect and mismanagement, the creaking service began to fall apart. For years, it was not an easy journey to travel from Nigeria's northern business center of Kaduna to the capital city of Abuja.

Nigeria, Africa's largest economy, has long aspired to modernize its aging railway lines to create economic corridors across the country and pursue transformative megaprojects.

And now, everything is changing.


The Chinese company CCECC built the Abuja-Kaduna Railway, part of Nigeria's country-wide rail modernization programme. With nine stations and a design speed of 150 km per hour, the railway line covers a distance of 186.5 kilometers. /Xinhua

In recent years, traveling across the most populous country in Africa by newly upgraded railways has become increasingly easy, as mega-infrastructure projects built with technology and financial support from China under the Belt and Road Initiative have improved people's lives and pushed forward the country's economic diversification.

In 2016, Nigeria inaugurated the Abuja-Kaduna Railway, the country's first modernized railway and the first railway in Africa built based on Chinese technical standards. A smooth and safe journey between the two cities on the 187-km rail link constructed by China Civil and Engineering Company (CCECC) only takes one hour.


West Africa's first light rail network, built by a Chinese company CCECC, opens in Lagos, Nigeria. December 21, 2022. /CGTN

Upgraded railways in Nigeria have greatly reduce traffic congestion on intercity roads and at local ports. The Lagos-Ibadan Railway opened in 2021, making travel between Nigeria's largest port city to one of the country's most important industrial cities markedly easier.

Lagos, Nigeria's largest metropolis with over 15 million residents, is now home to West Africa's first-ever light rail network. Built by a Chinese company, the light rail line is designed to reduced traffic congestion and air pollution, as well as improve the lives of locals. The economic impact could be significant, as Lagos accounted for 26.7 percent of Nigeria's total GDP and over 50 percent of Nigerian non-oil industrial capacity is in the city.


West Africa's deepest sea port, built by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), opens in Lagos, Nigeria. /CGTN

In recent years, more landmark projects are flourishing in this economic hub. West Africa's deepest sea port, built by a Chinese company named China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), opened in Lagos, and an international terminal at Murtala Muhammed International Airport was upgraded by Chinese companies.

With the capacity to handle 1.2 million standard containers annually, the Lekki port will greatly ease congestion at Nigeria's ports and increase the country's container handling capacity by up to 80 percent, according to China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), the port's builder.

In addition, the Lekki port is embedded in the Lekki Free Trade Zone which offers tax and other incentives, as well as reliable and modern infrastructure to lower the cost of doing business and generate more benefits.

If a modernized national railway network and maritime logistics center are essential to Nigeria, a stable energy supply is equally vital for the development of a country with a fast-growing population.


Chinese companies built the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Station, which has met around 10 percent of Nigeria's electricity needs with clean and reliable energy. /Xinhua

Nigeria's limited power generation capacity and outdated grid system have been overwhelmed for years.

In 1982, the Nigerian government laid out plans to build the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Project. With an installed capacity of 700 MW, it had the potential to ease the country's power shortage problem. But construction work stalled and foreign companies were reluctant to take on the project, mainly due to lack of funds.

Thirty-one years later, in 2013, China and Nigeria signed an agreement worth approximately $1.293 billion to build the megaproject. Chinese companies won the contract and the Exim Bank of China provided a loan facility with preferential conditions. After nine years of construction, the massive infrastructure project was completed, and the hydropower plant started to provide clean energy to the Nigerian people and aid industrial development.

From railways to ports, infrastructure megaprojects are injecting growth momentum not only into Nigeria, but the whole of Africa. And now, China and Nigeria are eyeing further cooperation on the African Union-led Great Green Wall Initiative, which aims to combat desertification in the country's northern area of Kano and other states which border the Sahara Desert, the world's largest.

https://news.cgtn.com/news/2023-10-29/Railways-Along-the-Belt-and-Road-Megaprojects-transforming-Nigeria-1nJ7KMCD6Mw/index.html

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by naptu2: 8:20am On Nov 07, 2023
Picture 1: The Chinese company CCECC built the Abuja-Kaduna Railway, part of Nigeria's country-wide rail modernization programme. With nine stations and a design speed of 150 km per hour, the railway line covers a distance of 186.5 kilometers. /Xinhua.

Picture 2: West Africa's first light rail network, built by a Chinese company CCECC, opens in Lagos, Nigeria. December 21, 2022. /CGTN


Picture 3: West Africa's deepest sea port, built by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC), opens in Lagos, Nigeria. /CGTN

Picture 4: Chinese companies built the Zungeru Hydroelectric Power Station, which has met around 10 percent of Nigeria's electricity needs with clean and reliable energy. /Xinhua

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Ikaeniyan0: 8:27am On Nov 07, 2023
The Chinese should support us in the aspect of transmitting this lights too. We are not transmitting everything we're generating.

Tinubu administration must make sure Lagos is connected with sokoto, and Maiduguri is connected with PH by railway line before he leaves in 2031.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by porthouse7(f): 8:27am On Nov 07, 2023
Good development

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by NutritionGuru: 8:27am On Nov 07, 2023
Great News!

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by FreeStuffsNG: 8:29am On Nov 07, 2023
The Chinese and President Muhammadu Buhari really tried on this train revolutionary development. God bless them and bless Nigeria and China for ever! Check my signature for free stuffs!

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by netpro(m): 8:30am On Nov 07, 2023
Kudos to President Buhari on rail projects. We hope to see more.

God bless Nigeria!

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Zooposki(f): 8:30am On Nov 07, 2023
Chinese breastfeeding the African man, yet na them go dey demand for submission pass. Spits.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Pootle: 8:31am On Nov 07, 2023
FreeStuffsNG:
The Chinese and President Muhammadu Buhari really tried on this train revolutionary development. Check my signature for free stuffs!

goodluck started it

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by FreeStuffsNG: 8:33am On Nov 07, 2023
Pootle:


goodluck started it
Started what again? Abeg, o ji shaaro, it's too early to remind Nigerians of the locust years of HE Goodluck Jonathan.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by ShangTsung000: 8:33am On Nov 07, 2023
Good thing.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by casualobserver: 8:34am On Nov 07, 2023
Meanwhile it is America and UK that Nigerians worship and suck up to. What have the Americans and British done in Nigeria? In life, Know your true friends by those who will invest in your prosperity in your dreams and not those who give you handouts and entrench dependency.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by valentineuwakwe(m): 8:35am On Nov 07, 2023
What is across the belt when non of the railway lines pass through the South South region to the South east?

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by mrvitalis(m): 8:35am On Nov 07, 2023
So this is what APC and their people see as Nigeria? No South East?? Not even South South?

I really want to see how Lekki sea ports would function.... We are waiting to see how it would work

For Lekki port to function it must be allowed to receive every type of cargo... For that to work the law must change

Most people dont understand what i mean ...
Right now you can only import certain things through certain ports

Onne can only do machinery and cars with few others

Textile must come through tincan and apapa

Pharmaceutical and chemicals must come through apapa not even tincan is allowed to handle them

For Lekki port to work all ports have to be made equal and if all ports are equal since 70% of all containers end up in South east what would be the point of using Lagos port?

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Nasir123(m): 8:36am On Nov 07, 2023
Pootle:


goodluck started it

Which Goodluck?

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by naptu2: 8:37am On Nov 07, 2023
"None of the train lines pass through the South-South".

Warri-Itakpe.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by ramonchang(m): 8:37am On Nov 07, 2023
All I see is chinese exporting their skills and knowledge and taking our meagre resources in return. I hope one day we as a nation can be competent enough to do these things ourselves.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by mrvitalis(m): 8:39am On Nov 07, 2023
FreeStuffsNG:
The Chinese and President Muhammadu Buhari really tried on this train revolutionary development. Check my signature for free stuffs!
You wasted money on trains? Trains that can't break even?

Yes railway infrastructure is good important for economic development... But they are notoriously unprofitable..

So it makes no sense why Nigeria should borrow to build railways it's economic stupidity

You use borrowed money to do things that can generate enough money to pay back it's loan

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by mrvitalis(m): 8:41am On Nov 07, 2023
naptu2:
"None of the train lines pass through the South-South".

Warri-Itakpe.
Firstly that was a PDP project and was 90+% completion when APC took over

And yes it a very useless project have little or no economic viability we don't need such now at all

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by pocom35: 8:41am On Nov 07, 2023
The Buhari administration took advantage of this initiative to Develop northern railways...this is the latest development in this video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrn75NrBOcA

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by pocom35: 8:41am On Nov 07, 2023
Nigeria along with many African nations took advantage of this to develop mostly rail.. in all some nations were able to develop their rail networks extensively.. especially their metro .. see how they rank in the video


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os7Ov234lYE
Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by omenka(m): 8:42am On Nov 07, 2023
Not giving any accolades until I see the idea completely transferred from paper to the ground. cool

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Soltix9y(m): 8:42am On Nov 07, 2023
I think it's 98% of the containers that end up in the south east not 70% as u said.
mrvitalis:
So this is what APC and their people see as Nigeria? No South East?? Not even South South?

I really want to see how Lekki sea ports would function.... We are waiting to see how it would work

For Lekki port to function it must be allowed to receive every type of cargo... For that to work the law must change

Most people dont understand what i mean ...
Right now you can only import certain things through certain ports

Onne can only do machinery and cars with few others

Textile must come through tincan and apapa

Pharmaceutical and chemicals must come through apapa not even tincan is allowed to handle them

For Lekki port to work all ports have to be made equal and if all ports are equal since 70% of all containers end up in South east what would be the point of using Lagos port?

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by BigBlackPreek(m): 8:43am On Nov 07, 2023
Welcome development! Wayforward

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Chetas81(m): 8:43am On Nov 07, 2023
NOT TODAY NIGERIAN CITIZEN USE TO SEE THIS TOM AND JERY CARTOON PICTURES,WE FAILED TO LOOK LIKE SINGAPORE

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by benuejosh: 8:44am On Nov 07, 2023
Lovely

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by akingangan: 8:45am On Nov 07, 2023
The East should not be left out.
It's just a matter of time. Nigeria is developing gradually.

Nigeria should look to more cooperation with China and forget the Western countries who are selfish

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Shikena(m): 8:45am On Nov 07, 2023
We should just wake up suddenly and start building our own train when our people are bitterly complaining about our alternatives to foreign rice? Dey play o grin

ramonchang:
All I see is chinese exporting their skills and knowledge and taking our meagre resources in return. I hope one day we as a nation can be competent enough to do these things ourselves.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by naptu2: 8:45am On Nov 07, 2023
mrvitalis:

Firstly that was a PDP project and was 90+% completion when APC took over

And yes it a very useless project have little or no economic viability we don't need such now at all

Not a single word in your post has anything to do with my post.

1) Who gives a shit whether it was PDP, APC, Labour Party or QRX? What does that have to do with my post?

2) What the hell does its economic viability have to do with my post??

Is it a railway line and is it in the South-South??

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by Igboslayer: 8:47am On Nov 07, 2023
valentineuwakwe:
What is across the belt when non of the railway lines pass through the South South region to the South east?
Hahahahahaha, when you sought out your Biafra madness first, then development will come. South South is getting attention already the Ajaokuta railroad to Aladja has been completed too.

We gave you a new Niger bridge, the biggest bridge ever constructed across the Niger. Una need some sense for that region and some resetting slap every morning.

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Re: Railways Along The Belt And Road: Megaprojects Transforming Nigeria by mrvitalis(m): 8:49am On Nov 07, 2023
APC is actually doing development upside down really there problem is fundamental

You build the people then infrastructure follows not build infrastructure first

If you build infrastructure first what would happen is the people would be too poor to patronize those infrastructure which would make them to be subsidized and would make maintenance difficult causing the infrastructure to fail.... Sounds familiar?

Step one raise revenue ( natural resources, borrow, tax anyhow)

Step two invest in your people ( education, soft credit, access to machinery, access to advanced tools , improved seedlings, simplified and low interest loans easily accessible etc)

Step three, your people grow rich start demanding infrastructure they know they can afford... Then you tax the and build infrastructure


This is how development works.. You don't build what is not needed

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