Tuesday, March 1, 2016

CCECC to build N362m property, donate building to Catholic hospital

AS part of its corporate social responsibility to host country, the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), contractor handling rail track from Abuja to Kaduna, has agreed to build a property worth N362 million and donate a building to the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent De Paul Hospital, Kubwa, Abuja, a catholic hospital. The premises of Daughters of Charity hospital is one of the major facilities affected by the rail track which has been marked for demolition to make way for the construction of the rail track from Abuja to Kaduna.
A major alignment is to pass through the hospital premises hence the need to demolish the property. Though the hospital has been promised N362 million as compensation and a land to relocate to, Sister Mary Okoro, the Matron of the hospital said, the hospital will need N900 million for reconstruction of the premises including facilities they don’t have. Mr. Jack Li, Managing Director, CCECC said his company has agreed to donate a building to the hospital in addition to provision of some facilities with the N362 million compensation to be paid the hospital on terms both parties will agree to. “We agreed to utilize the N362 million compensation to provide facilities worth N362 million. Then, we will donate a building and a generator to them in addition. The hospital management will then do the rest construction or pay us to finish it for them” Li said. Hospital management He added that they are committed to adding value to Nigeria hence their acceptance to donate the building and a generator to the hospital. Speaking on the pace of the Abuja-Kaduna rail track, he said the project has suffered a delay of two years because they couldn’t access funds from the federal government. According to him, “However, funds are available now and the contractors are working towards delivering the project by May 2016. Finance is part of the challenge delaying the project because it has been long that we received the counterpart fund. “But we are lucky that the minister has brought back the counterpart funding for us, and we have therefore continued. “The work was delayed for more than half a year; but I expect that the project will be completed by the middle of May, which is in line with what the minister said”, Li noted. The project started in 2011 and was supposed to be completed in 2015.

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