Abuja light rail project 90% completed – Minister

Rail tracks connecting Abuja - Kaduna
Rail tracks connecting Abuja - Kaduna

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello, said on Monday that work on Abuja light rail project has reached 90 per cent, as most of the rail stations are at their finishing stages.

The minister made this known after his inspection of the project site in Abuja.

Mr. Bello said there are 13 railway bridges, 50 culverts, 15 flyover bridges and 9 pedestrian overpasses and bridges that are all 100 per cent completed.

The minister said the total length of the rail double track laid is 45.245 kilometres, thereby making it 100 per cent completed.

According to him, out of the total 12 rail stations under construction, 10 are at advanced stages with painting and installation of mechanical and electrical works currently in progress.

“The remaining two are being fast tracked, thereby making the entire stations 85 per cent completed,’’ he said.

The minister said that the locomotive and rolling stock depot is 85 per cent completed, while communication and signaling are also 85 per cent completed.

“The percentage progress of work on the power supply is, however, 20 per cent but adequate progress would be achieved soon,” he said.

He said that due to the importance the present administration attached to the rail project, the FCTA would work assiduously to complete the project and make it operational as planned.

He said that his administration was determined to assuage the difficulties currently being experienced by commuters in the territory, adding that this explained why rapid attention is given to the project.

Mr. Bello also directed that CCECC, the company handling the project, to ensure that qualified Nigerians not Chinese are employed for the management of the rail service, since over 1,000 personnel are expected to be employed.

The minister also embarked on a rail ride from the Abuja Metro Station behind the Abuja World Trade Centre at the Central Business District to the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.

(NAN)


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  • AWOHENRI

    The minister should be reminded that Biafrans should not be employed in the management of our railway because they too are not Nigerians and could compromise the security and smooth running of the system.

  • Abdulmojeed Nojeemdeen

    The directive to me is not acceptable, Nigerians mostly the youths cannot think,and are not creative. But if the foreigners can do better and ensure it is properly managed,I think they should be given the job. Employ the Nigerians and start hearing all sort of excuses,my wife is pregnant, my mother is sick,my landlord has just ejected me. This they will sustain,and ensure the huge investment go down the drain.