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Nigeria’s Transport Minister Once Friendly Ties With Chinese Contractors Appears to Sour

File photo of Nigerian Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi. PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP

Nigerian Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with officials from the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC.) The meeting is widely expected to be contentious, because of the slow pace of work on the 203 kilometer Kaduna to Kano railway.

Over the weekend, Amaechi accused the company of “playing politics” for not moving fast enough to get construction going on the new railway. “They should move away from politics and focus on construction,” he said during a site inspection.

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