‘We are almost 97% – Wike reveals when Abuja rail line will be inaugurated

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Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Nyesom Wike has assured that the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Scheme also known as the metro line will be inaugurated in May this year.

The FCT Minister gave the assurance in Abuja on Friday during an inspection tour of the ongoing renovation and rehabilitation works on the Abuja metro line.

Wike said the rehabilitation exercise was about 97 per cent complete and assured that it will be among the projects to be commissioned by President Bola Tinubu in May this year, to mark his one year in office.

The minister who rode on the train from the Abuja Metro Station in the Central Business District to the Airport Train Station, where he observed the progress of work at the various stations along the route, expressed satisfaction with the renovation and rehabilitation exercise.

He said the Abuja metro line was very important for the FCT’s economy, adding, “We are almost 97 per cent. All the works are going on to make sure that May is a reality.”

Continuing, Wike said, “I want to say that as of yesterday, Mr. President has approved the schedule for the commissioning of projects for his one year in office. This is a very important project. Those of us who rode on the metro line, you will see that it’s more convenient to use the metro line than even the vehicles to go to the airport.

“So, I’m really impressed with the contractor, CCECC. They have assured us that all the renovation works will be ready before the commissioning date.

“I believe this will be the first project that Mr. President will like to inaugurate because it’s very key to the development of the economy, particularly as the FCT is concerned”.

“So, for me, it’s a dream come true and we are happy that after all is said and done, the metro line will be in use for Nigerians come May 2024”.

Speaking on the operational cost for the metro line, especially the training of personnel, the minister disclosed that the FCTA has paid its contractual obligations to the contractors.

He said though the cost was quite expensive, it was also important to ensure that there is a balance between saving cost and safeguarding the interest of the FCT.

On whether there were plans to provide rail services in densely populated parts of the FCT such as Nyanya, the minister said the Abuja mass rail project is being done in phases, due to the financial implications. He however assured that the issue would be considered as development efforts continue in the FCT.

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