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Mambila, Abuja railway among 100 global infrastructure projects

From February 22-24, this year, over 500 executives from the public and private sector will gather at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, for the Fifth Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum designed to promote the top 100 Global Infrastructure Projects.

The theme of this year’s forum is: Winners in the global infrastructure marketplace: High value projects, high level alliances, world class expertise.

Mr Daniel Omonze, the President, Initiative for Infrastructure and Modern City Development (IIMCD) and the Country Co-ordinator of Fifth Annual Global Infrastructure Leadership in Nigeria, said the forum will showcase countries with the most innovative and competitive infrastructure projects.

Listed among the top 100 global infrastructure projects is the Mambila Hydroelectric Power project. This is described as the crown project for Nigeria to address power. It is one of the major programmes of the Federal Government to improve energy security in the country. 

Also listed is the Abuja-Kaduna Railway Project, a modernisation programme of the government to implement an efficient transport system. The estimated value of the projects identified in 2011 is US$784 billion. This is nearly double the total enterprise value of projects in 2010, and represents both pent-up demand and a clear recognition that re-starting global growth depends on significant new investment.

The assessment focuses on ‘clusters’ of infrastructure pipeline zones - countries, or regions - that efficiently produce projects that are expected to go forward in the next three-12 months. This year’s critical sectors reflect key trends in global infrastructure, the rise of mega-projects, shale gas as a demand driver, and continuing pent-up demand in the transport sector - nearly 28 per cent of the Top 100 list is made up of either highway or Urban Mass Transit projects. The Top 100 List is released prior to the Fifth Annual Global Infrastructure Forum.

Each year, top 100 projects around the world are selected for recognition, presentation and high-level discussion, more than 500 executives from key industries, including contractors, engineers, equipment and technology providers, financiers, and policy experts would be hosted.
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Road to nowhere. Abuja/Kaduna railtrack by Aisha AK49, on Flickr

Thought its say Kaduna to abuja railroad tracks, the abuja metro rail will be running on the same rail corridor that will terminate at the proposed wuse train station.
Nice PIc Garth!!!

What frustrates me about the Abuja light rail project is lack of clarity of information, they don't have a website, they don't a dedication parastatal like LAMATA, we do not know how many lines, the intermediate and terminal station, it is very diapponting as my country's capital, it is hap-hazzard there seems to be no sense of direction.
 

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...Dont mean to be pessimistic, but how would a construction of this magnitude help trade and business investment in Nigeria. Who in Abuja would want to go to Kaduna, other than the indigenes of Kaduna. This project is a total waste of infrastructure and should be reviewed. I would be surprised if it is completed. Once again those in charge seem to be detached and out of touch with its populace; misplaced priorities and bad decision making will not serve as impetus to the the direct foreign investment that we we seek so badly.
 

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To be truthful I have to agree, regarding the Abuja-Kaduna rail line I highly doubt anyone will be using the rail line, except those who live in kaduna which is few. Second, the new rail line is standard gauge, meaning it wont be possible for people or goods to go from other parts of the country (lagos, PH, enugu, kano) to abuja since the rest of the country runs on narrow gauge rail tracks. Lastly there is an existing standard gauge rail that runs from warri port through edo and kogi states. It would have made more sense if they connected abuja to that standard gauge rail line so they can have sea access rather than to a dead end in kaduna.

But that is the Abuja-Kaduna rail line, We don't know if the light rail will run on those tracks. But I believe they will, just like the Red line light rail in lagos runs on NRC tracks. We have to wait for them to release a masterplan so we know how the light rail lines look like.
 

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Abuja Light Rail Courtesy of (olajide_07 - Nairaland)

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Abuja Light Rail: Another Railway Project In Dire Straits?

LEADERSHIP catches up with London-based railway project management specialist and a key player in the Infrastructure Policy Commission of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Mr Rowland Ocholi Ataguba during his recent visit to Nigeria.

Let’s talk about your work with the Presidential Projects Assessment

Committee (PPAC). We understand that you were their top consultant in a crowded field and that your reports were adopted wholesale.


I don’t know about top consultant. We did our best given the constraints of budget and time.



You apparently turned in an excellent report on the Abuja Light Rail project as we understand that the government is implementing your recommendations. Your report talks about breach of Procurement Act, breach of Appropriation Act, breach of contract, breach of environmental Impact Assessment Act, contract inflation, negligence, incompetence, incoherent strategy, etc all committed by the government.

I believe that important lessons have been learned from the experience. Don’t forget that modern railways are a relatively new phenomenon in Nigeria and that there are huge institutional and human resource capacity deficiencies undermining the effective delivery of these types of projects. Sometimes we also have foreign consultants with limited experience of the Nigerian environment painting rosy feasibility pictures and telling us how PPP would do everything for us. We have a situation where no operator has been appointed for this landmark project and it is worrying that the project is progressing without one on board. We have a not too dissimilar situation with the National railways where the government says it plans to concession operations but there is hardly any basis for concessioning given that the enabling environment is just not there and a lot of money is already committed.

The contract for the Abuja Light Rail of over N100 billion was awarded five days to President Obasanjo’s departure from office without a feasibility study and concept design. Is that not significant?

I am not sure the number of days is material. What is important is if proper procedures were followed. The contract you refer to is for two of the six lines known as Lots 1 and 3 and the final feasibility study and conceptual designs were issued I believe in October 2009.

And were proper procedures followed?

Well, you have clearly read the report. Let us move on to what is helpful. PPAC was a fundamental departure from the past. For the first time, an incoming President did what an astute manager of resources would do. He carried out an inventory of all the projects he was inheriting. It has never been done before and what PPAC found was mind boggling. 12,000 outstanding projects, perhaps 30 per cent more, valued at N8 trillion that with the best will in the world, the government cannot fund. It also identified reasons why the projects, some as old as 30 years, have not been completed. It found issues with poor conceptualisation of projects, evidence of wide-scale institutional mediocrity, poor design and execution, deficiency of vision, avoidable cost over runs but most damning of all was the finding that projects were procurement driven and that corruption was rife in implementation. Governments historically seem in a hurry to award contracts without any clear thought for how they will be completed. This year, there are new capital projects that will be added to this ever growing uncompleted project inventory. Its simply unsustainable. I believe that the government has learned some lessons from PPAC which has informed the identification of priority projects that are being pursued under the SURE programme.



But most people have lost faith in the SURE programme because government says it cannot fund it.

There is a new mandate being awaited as a result of the reduction in the expected savings from the partial removal. I don’t think it is objective to see only negative things in what the government does. When it does good, it should be encouraged. It is possible that there were presentation issues in the subsidy debate. Even the most ardent critics agree that removing fuel subsidy could be a good thing. The divergence of opinion is in the timing and whether government is lean enough to ask others to tighten their belts. So it is really about different perspectives and the government’s capacity to stem the leakages in the system.

Talking about SURE-P on the railways, how is it supposed to ensure that railway projects are delivered because all we keep hearing are shifting dates for projects that were to be completed in 2009 that are still not completed in 2012?

I must say that the press has not helped much in this regard. I don’t think that there has been sufficient inquisition into some of these anomalies that you talk about and certain sections of the press seem content to act as a notice board for press releases without critical performance enquiry.

The SURE-P secretariat parades some highly intelligent technocrats drawn from diverse backgrounds under the leadership of the Special Adviser to the President on Technical Matters. We have interacted with them, so I know. The committee chairs are also highly reputable men known for their incorruptibility and results orientation. My only concern is about capacity and how quickly they can upscale because their remit, certainly under the previous mandate, is quite wide. This was one of the handicaps of PPAC in trying to do so much in a relatively short space of time. For instance, out of about 18 outstanding railway projects, PPAC was only able to review one of them.

I see SURE-P’s role as fundamental in monitoring and evaluating the implementation of priority projects, ensuring the projects are adequately funded and providing the President with an independent facility for assessing the performance of the MDAs on these critical projects so that timely intervention is possible where projects are failing. So they need to be independent of the implementing MDAs, avoid conflicts of interest and be adequately technically resourced to be effective.

The Abuja Light Rail project is a major component of the transport strategy for the FCT which is slowly grinding to a halt. It was due to start operating last year but is nowhere near ready. When will it be completed?

Well, you ask a very important question which I believe the government is best placed to answer. From my vantage position, I can tell you that there is still a lot of work to do. There are funding issues to contend with because the government is yet to receive the promised financial support from the Chinese government which I believe influenced the award of the contract for the fixed infrastructure to a Chinese contractor. There is the issue of an Operator which the government would like to be a concessionaire but I know for a fact that any concessionaire would be wary of the institutional framework within which he would have to operate. There is of course the matter of financial viability as well. In any case, we are only talking about two lines of six which are underway. The other four have yet to be procured. The design of the hub of the system known as Transportation Centre as well as the Interchange Centre is just being procured.

What needs to happen now for the operation of the first phase of the project to achieve fruition is for an Operator to be appointed as soon as possible, as this is a critical success factor. The first phase of the project will not succeed until trains run seamlessly on the lines.

There are also issues with too many procurement models proliferating in the project that may need rationalising. For instance, the project is a mix of Operations and Maintenance Concession for Lots 1 and 3 with the government building the fixed infrastructure, a BOT concession for the Transportation Centre with all its command and control systems which must necessarily integrate with the systems of the Operators, whereas the Automatic Fare Collection System is also on a separate concession. Lots 2, 4, 5 and 6 are supposed to be BOT concessions covering both the fixed infrastructure and the operations and maintenance. This means that you would require an Integrator to make certain that all the disparate systems work together and in harmony.

The strategic issues really concern the institutional framework. Under our present laws, only the NRC can own, operate and regulate railways in Nigeria. This needs to be changed but has not happened yet. Regulation for railway operations is still with the NRC and we need it to be independent especially if the NRC is going to be an Operator as you can’t be a player and referee at the same time. There is a bill that has languished in the National Assembly for years now known as the National Transport Commission Bill which provides for economic regulation of the transport sector. This is yet to be passed into law. If we are talking about concessioning, then we seriously need to look at our competition policy and strengthen it. We need a Competition Commission that will co-ordinate competition regulation across economic sectors with concurrent powers with the various sectoral regulators. Importantly for things to work as they should, we need robust institutions. So you are talking about government, the police, the legislature, the judiciary, the fire service, NEMA etc as they all have an input in determining whether we get the operational facilities that we need. The institutional framework issues put the government in a chicken and egg situation with this project.

This suggests that we are still light years away from seeing a functional Abuja Light Rail system. Should we then say that it is a project in dire straits?

Well, given that the project is listed among the priority projects in the earlier SURE-P mandate and the importance the Minister and the President attach to it, I would err on the side of optimism. My conjecture would be that it is a project whose time may have come but there is much work to do.

http://leadership.ng/nga/articles/2...ail_another_railway_project_dire_straits.html
 

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This "Abuja Light Rail" project is a total misnomer and a joke. The name "Abuja Light Rail" would suggest that there would be a light rail rapid-transit system for the city of Abuja. All that is depicted in the photos is a dual-track railway. Now a rail line between Abuja and Kaduna is suggested. I doubt that abuja will get a real light rail system like Lagos is now constructing.
 

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FCTA Pays N22.4 Billion for Abuja Rail Project

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has disclosed that it has paid N22.4 billion for the Abuja Mono-light Rail Project to ease the problem of transportation being faced by the FCT residents.

This was disclosed Saturday at the 2012 Senior Staff Retreat of FCT Transportation Secretariat with the theme "Transportation in The FCT: prospects, Challenges and Solutions".

While declaring the retreat open, the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary FCTA, Engr. Anthony Ozodinobi, said that efforts of the Transport Secretariat will help achieve the development targets of the Administration including the Mono-Rail Project.

Mohammed said: "In order to fulfil the vision for building a capital city that will be among the top 20 capital cities in the world by year 2020, and that, if this goal is to be achieved, there is need to build a transportation system that is in conformity with global best practice.

"On assumption of office, I was confronted with challenges with endemic traffic congestion, inadequate transportation infrastructure and service, as well as failing environmental orderliness.

"In order to arrest the declining transport fortunes of the city, this Administration took up the task of building an efficient, affordable and modern transport system under our greater Abuja transportation policy to ensure effective and seamless movement of personnel, goods and service in the FCT."

According to the minister, the project is being done through a deliberate policy of fast-tracking development of on-going infrastructural projects and ensuring their realisation in stipulated time, adding that government alone cannot deliver on these promises without effective private sector participation.

He said that both the Federal government and FCTA are committed to ensuring tax exemption to private investors, structuring appropriate feeder route services and allotting of dedicated lanes to them.

In the same vein, the Minster of State for FCT, Oloye Olajumoke Akinjide represented by Director, Satellite Town Development Agency, Alhaji Tukur Ibrahim, commended the Transport Secretariat for its efforts in translating the vision of the present FCT administration in the area of public transport into reality.

"The overriding goal of the FCTA transport policy is to achieve a modern transport system, using high quality environmentally friendly carriages, operating at exclusive lanes, involving less travel time, at reasonable cost to users and yet profitable to the operators," Akinjide said.

Earlier, the FCTA Secretary for Transportation, Engr. Jonathan Achara noted that the theme of the retreat explains the resolve and determination of the secretariat towards the realisation of the transportation mandate that will enable economic growth in the FCT.

Achara said that the project, which was initially scheduled to be completed by 2013, will now be completed by 2015.

He revealed that about 500 BRT buses that will be designated various routes in the FCT are in line with the mandate of the transport secretariat to provide "efficient, effective and affordable environmental friendly mass transit devoid of parking hindrance in accordance with the transportation master plan".
http://allafrica.com/stories/201208050350.html

I've had enough with this, they keep injecting more money into this project but the completion date gets further way......I demand a public audit of this project.
 

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@GARTH, dont blame the player, blame the game:lol:
The Nigerian media need to do a better job of assessing critically the reality of these projects and educate their readers. What stops a PR officer of goverment from just wking up one day and just start quoting projects and money dedicated to some white elephant project so he/she can look good. NIgerians are victims of bad reporting. This is why I say hate the game not the player:)
 

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National Good Governance Tour: Minister of Information, Labaran Maku with the team taking a look at the architectural sign of the Abuja Light Rail 18 stations




 

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Inspection of the Factory site of the Abuja Light Rail.




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Inspection of the Factory site of the Abuja Light Rail.




 

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: Layout of the Rail Mass Transit Project
 

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National Good Governance Tour: Inspection of Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project








 
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