http://fct.gov.ng/index21_09_12.htm...reaffirms-support-for-the-needy&catid=:latestABUJA RAIL TO TRANSPORT 2MILLION COMMUTERS DAILY FROM 2015
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.