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ABUJA RAIL TO TRANSPORT 2MILLION COMMUTERS DAILY FROM 2015
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An estimated two (2) million people will commute through the Abuja light rail project daily when its first phase is completed in the second quarter of 2015. FCT Minister, Senator Bala Muhammed stated this on Thursday during the National Good Governance Tour of projects within the Federal Capital Territory.

The tour which will cover the 36 states of the country and the FCT kicked off yesterday at Abuja. Projects visited in FCT yesterday included the Abuja rail mass transit scheme being handled by Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) and the Rehabilitation and Expansion of the Abuja Airport Express Road to 10 lanes awarded to construction giant, Julius Berger, PLC.

Senator Bala Muhammed said the rail system which is an integral part of the FCT Transportation Master Plan was designed primarily to transport large number of commuters and goods between the satellite towns and the different phases of the Federal Capital City (FCC). He explained that the rail system is carved up into six (6) lots which cover a total distance of 252 km and are spread out for phased development.

The current phase to be completed within the second quarter of 2015 comprises Lot 1 and 3. Lots 2, 4, 5 and 6 are to be captured in subsequent phases. Lots 1 and 3 which make up the current phase covers a distant of 45 km and is being constructed at a contract sum of USD823.5 Million. This amount, the FCT Minister pointed out, comprises USD500 Million foreign component to be financed by the Chinese Exim Bank and the balanced of USD323 Million to be sourced locally through budgetary allocations.

Yesterday’s tour took the FCT Minister, Senator Muhammed, his Information counterpart, Mr. Labaran Maku and the Good Governance Tour Team through various major and substations of the rail line including the Wuye by National Stadium, Wupa and Idu major stations. There are a total of 15 stations on the routes covered by the current first phase which stretched from Dei-Dei through Kubwa and Idu to the City Centre and from Airport through Lugbe and Idu to the City Centre. The contractors assured the team that all the 15 stations would be completed by 2015.

In his remarks at the end of yesterday’s outing, the National President of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Mallam Garba Mohammed commended Senator Bala Muhammed saying that implementation of government projects in FCT has taken on a fast pace since he assumed office about two years ago as the helmsman of the Nation’s Capital. Information Minister, Mr. Maku equally praised the Minister and the FCTA, stressing that the transformation agenda of the current administration of President Goodluck Jonathan was on full throttle in the FCT.

The Good Governance Tour continues today, Friday 21st September.
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Exterior of Idu Station

 

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Thanks tbite! At least now we get to see some render. The station looks good; however, I would love to see a larger render relating to the interior of that station.
 

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No not really a light rail, but I believe it was initially envisioned as a light rail and the name stuck.

but it still has certain qualities of a light rail, such as its unique island stations.

(Oh I thought you were talking about Lagos)

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On Abuja..........well, I don't think it was ever even envisioned as a light rail, I think what they had in mind was always a "Commuter Rail"

Maybe the association with the Lagos Project, gave it that name.

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Commuter Rail is better than Light rail Anyway, as far as I am concerned.
 

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Abuja Rail Project Still at 27%, Five Years After
24 Jul 2013

By Senator Iroegbu Adedayo Akinwale



Minister certain of project completion by 2015


By Senator Iroegbu Adedayo Akinwale

The 'Abuja Mono Rail Project' of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCT) has now managed to progress to 27 per cent completion, five years after the commencement of work.


THISDAY gathered that the snail pace of the project, which started in 2007 might not be unconnected with the financial constraints the federal government is undergoing even though the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, had facilitated a $500 million soft loan from the Chinese Exim Bank last that had since breathed a new life to the near moribund project.


The FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed, while speaking yesterday at the groundbreaking ceremony of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Station, promised that with the available fund, the completion and subsequent operation of the project would be accelerated.
Mohammed said the project would mark a positive turning point in the transport fortunes in the FCT, in addition to a cheaper, comfortable and safer transportation.


"The project would also ushered in an era of environmentally-friendly transport system and sustainable development," he said.
The minister noted that the rail project when completed, would generate about 20,000 strong work force from the present 3,500 currently employed.


He said: "The 2010 demand study for this railway shows daily ridership of about 470,000 passengers per day. With the current growth rate in the FCT, it would not be exaggerating to put the 2015 projected ridership at well over 700,000 passengers per day.
"The stations would provide shopping precincts, cultural and entertainment centres to boost tourism."


In his remarks, the Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Smart Adeyemi, said there was no doubt that the project would enhance the economy and also improve small scale businesses in the nation's capital.


Adeyemi commended FCTA and federal government under President Goodluck Jonathan for the project and their doggedness, despite the unprecedented security challenges in country.
He noted that about N900 billion spent on security alone last year could have been enough to upgrade all the federal roads in the country.


According to him, the government at all level were doing what they could to better the lots of the people, "even though it might not have met the expectations of the people due to the turbulents period the country is, which is gradually getting over.


"It might not be able to meet the actual expectation of Nigerians but we must take into consideration the turbulences that this administration has passed through, more than any other government...challenges towards good governance than this government headed by President Goodluck Jonathan."

"We are however happy to know that we are gradually above the turbulences, the challenges is the insecurity," he added.

"Last year alone, we expended N935 billion on security. It is enough to dualise all Nigeria highways, it is enough to create job," he noted.

Also, the Secretary, Transport Secretariat, FCT, said with the support of the federal government the 2015 target for the completion of the project was realisable.





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Yes Mr FCT Minister...according to the above extract, "N935 spent on security last year alone could have dualized all federal highways". And to me also, about N1 trillion stolen yearly can also fix all our power stations and ensure atleast modest electricity. In other words, just a year of being prudent with leadership and vision can turn this country around for the better.

Ooh my blessed country, who will save us from this blindness and backwardness.
 
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