The Federal Government on Wednesday urged the Chinese Government and private companies handling key infrastructural development projects in the country, to speed up work on them.
Udoma Udo Udoma, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, was quoted as saying in a statement by Ben Goong, Acting Director of Information in the ministry on Wednesday in Abuja.
Udoma made the appeal when the Chinese business delegation, led by the country’s Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian, visited him.
He said the companies should speed up the completion of such projects in order to accelerate the nation’s quest for economic recovery and rapid industrialisation.
The minister said timely completion of the Mambila Hydro-power project, the National Rail Line project and key trunk ‘A’ Roads across the country, would boost the nation’s economy.
Earlier, Pingjian told the minister that the visit was a follow up to the recent visit of the Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister to the country.
He said that China was ready to fulfil her obligations to Nigeria on all agreements reached in respect of critical infrastructure.
The envoy promised that the country would mobilise giant Chinese corporations to participate in the development of Nigeria’s infrastructure and invest in critical sectors of the country’s economy.
Pingjian assured Udoma that China would continue to work hard to deepen her relationship with Nigeria in order to achieve win-win outcomes for the two countries.