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Bala Mohammed says the Abuja light rail project will be delivered in 2014.

The Abuja light rail project, which is expected to be completed in 2014, has been designed

to comprise shopping malls and offices for business activities.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Bala Mohammed, made this disclosure on Tuesday at a Gala night organized in honor of the United States Infrastructure Trade Mission to Nigeria.

“Each of the rail stations in the on-going Abuja Light Rail project is designed to be a business centre comprising shopping malls, offices and other land uses.” Mr. Mohammed said.

He said that when the rail becomes operational, its activities will generate employment as several unemployed persons will be engaged in auxiliary businesses in a view to place Nigeria among

the 20 leading global economies by 2020.

Mr. Mohammed promised that his administration will deliver the project in 2014. He said the city light rail on completion will convey about two million passengers within the Abuja daily.

“The importance of rail transportation cannot be over-emphasized as the project is billed to handle about two million passengers daily,” he said


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