World Bank debars seven Chinese construction companies in Nigeria

Seven Chinese construction companies, including major railway builders, have been debarred by the World Bank for violating its fraud and corruption policy.

The names of the seven have appeared on the banks sanction list, meaning they are ineligible to bid for World Bank-funded projects for a specified period of time.

Details of infractions were not given.

The seven, all debarred for the relatively short period of 10 months to March 2020, are:

  • China Railway Construction (International) Nigeria Co. Ltd.
  • China Railway 18th Bureau Nigeria Engineering Co. Ltd.
  • China Railway 18th Bureau Nigeria Co. Ltd.
  • CCECC Nigeria Lekki (FTA) Co. Ltd.
  • CCECC Nigeria Railway Co. Ltd.
  • CRCC Petroleum & Gas Co. Ltd.
  • CCECC Nigeria Co. Ltd.

Separately, on 14 August, the bank announced the 15-month debarment of Chinese firm Beijing Jingold Construction Co., Ltd in connection with fraud during the procurement process for the $38.6m Samoa Aviation Investment Project, an airport improvement scheme.

The bank found that the company had a history of contract non-performance at the time of bidding, but misrepresented this fact when it bid. The company did not win the contract.

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