The minister went on to explain that in order to win a federal government building contract, a company must be able to demonstrate five years of experience in the relevant field, an obstacle that most Nigerian construction firms have struggled to overcome.
Nigerian construction companies are by no means alone in complaining about the advantages that are afforded to Chinese competitors. Politicians and local contractors in Namibia have expressed similar frustrations about the insurance and experience requirements that prevent local firms from bidding on projects.
Other China-Africa infrastructure headlines
- Zambia: Chinese contractors have completed 90% of the work on the new Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in the Zambian capital Lusaka.
- Kenya: Work by the China Road and Bridge Corporation on the new 27km Nairobi Expressway is now 60% complete and scheduled to be finished next
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