When the topic “construction companies in Nigeria” is raised, Which ones come to mind first? I am certain a lot of people would be confused as there are various construction companies in Nigeria. If all of them are registered, I guess we would have as much as 5 million construction companies in Nigeria.
Be that as it may, what are the criteria that make a construction company stand out when it comes to handling projects? Commercial and industrial projects are very enormous when compared to the average residential construction. As a result, you need the best construction companies in Nigeria to handle your project.
Some of the important qualities you need to look out for in a construction company are listed below:
Important Qualities of a Good Construction Company
Commitment to Safety
This is the first thing you should look out for when selecting a construction company for your project. Safety should be the first priority in any project. Should a company in the built industry portray that, I think that is a step in the right direction.
Successful construction requires a very diverse team of highly skilled professionals. Major projects would need the right crew such as the architects, engineers, surveyors, estimators, foremen, safety inspectors and a whole lot more. Make sure the construction company you are dealing with on a major project, have access to this personnel.
Strong Risk Management
Risk management is one of the most important elements of good construction. It helps protect clients from serious financial harm if there is an accident, injury, or lawsuit. Always select a construction company that is fully bonded and financially stable.
Experience and Success
Without the experience, I don’t believe one can master a craft. This makes it imperative that your choice of construction company should have a track record of success in major works in its portfolio. Until the project is underway you will not truly have a clear view of how it will go, but past experience can be a strong indicator.
Modern Equipment and Technology
By embracing modern technology the construction company shows that it is ready to help clients move into the future with their new projects.
By looking at these characteristics, you get to have an idea of who your project handlers are. These qualities help you arrive at a good choice for your next project handlers. Let us cut to the chase as we list the top 5 construction companies in Nigeria in no particular order.
Top 3 Construction Companies in Nigeria
You can’t talk about construction companies in Nigeria without listing Julius Berger. Julius Berger is a Nigerian construction company with their headquarters situated in Abuja, the Federal capital territory of Nigeria. They also have permanent sites in Lagos and Uyo in Akwa Ibom state.
Julius Berger is a leading construction company and one of the largest private employers in Nigeria. Apart from offering construction services, Julius Berger also offers sales of Aggregates at competitive prices from their quarry sites. They also produce building materials.
They have used equipment for lease as well as for sale. Furthermore, they also have a furniture line saddled with the task of producing top quality furniture. Finally, they are also in marine services, which covers ship repair, as well as transport services.
The company was founded in 1950 and is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. Their portfolio includes popular projects such as:
- The Babangida bridge (3rd Mainland bridge).
- The Abuja National Stadium.
- Uyo infrastructure and road work.
- Itakpe – Ajaokuta Ore Railway.
- Ajaokuta Steel Plant, and many more.
China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd. (CCECC)
CCECC has become a force to reckon with, as long as construction companies in Nigeria are concerned. In recent years, CCECC is undertaking and executing numerous significant projects ranging from the railway, light rail, the expressway to bridges, buildings, and municipal works. Although not an indigenous, CCECC has been involved in over 100 contracts, spanning through almost three (3) decades in the Nigerian environment.
Lagos state government appointed them the contractor for the Lagos Light Rail Project. Furthermore, CCECC is also awarded the rehabilitation of Lagos-Jebba rail track by the Nigerian federal government. China’s cheap labor and low price for project execution seemed to have attracted the Nigerian government and many other African leaders. China undercuts the closest bidder by 25% in the area of contract bidding in Nigeria.
This is, in fact, a big turn as they also provide quality services. The firm’s efficiency continues to earn it juicy contracts from the Nigerian government, as well as other parts of the African continents. Some of the major projects completed by the firm include;
- Rehabilitation ofVandeikya, Benue-Obudu-Obudu Cattle Ranch 25 Km Road valued at $21.3million.
- Construction of Abuja light rail project with a loan of $600 million from Chinese Exim Bank.
- Construction/Rehabilitation of Ugep, Ikom, Ogoja andObudu Urban road under the urban renewal programme of Cross RiverState, awarded by the CrossRiver State government, and was valued at $14.6million.
Construction of Nigeria’s CommunicationCommission building, Abuja valued at $16.56million.
Cappa & D’Alberto PLC
Formed as a partnership in 1932 by Pietro Carlo Cappa and Vigino D’Alberto, the firm has since become a trusted partner when you talk about construction companies in Nigeria. Hence, they make the list of the top 3. Apart from being building and civil engineering contractors, they are also facility managers. All the traits listed above for competent construction companies in Nigeria, they possess.
Some of their major completed projects include:
- Civic Towers – Victoria Island, Lagos.
- British American Tobacco (BAT) – Rising Sun – Ikoyi, Lagos.
- Ikeja City Mall (ICM) – Ikeja.
- The Civic Centre – Victoria Island, Lagos.
- Bella’s Place – Victoria Island, Lagos.
- Mobil House – Victoria Island, Lagos, amongst others.