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Update 1: Buhari commissions $830m Abuja light rail

by TONY AILEMEN, INNOCENT ODOH & JAMES KWEN, Abuja, CYNTHIA IKWUETOGHU, Lagos

July 12, 2018 | 12:38 pm
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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday commissioned the Abuja light rail project aimed at easing transport within the city.
The Abuja rail mass transit project phase 1, consist of Lot 1A and Lot 3 covering a distance of 45.245km, with low spread consistency.
The project is expected to reduce the burden of mass transportation within the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT)
The rail which will  link all the satellite towns, is expected to reduce vehicular traffics within the FCT as well as economic development.
Secretary, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chinyeaka Ohaa declared that the Abuja Light rail service would boost investments and create job opportunities for FCT economy.
According to Ohaa, “benefits of the project include the potential for over 20,000 job opportunities, aside boosting the economic fortunes of the Territory”. Opportunities like ticketers, cleaners, drivers, carriage/rail maintenance, signals, security, IT, HR, Accountants, Lawyers, Administrators, Media, and Medicals, etc.
Also, this rail service would help curtail drastically traffic congestion in the nation’s capital city.
This project has been in work for over 11 years. Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo performed the official ground-breaking ceremony in May 2007. The project was originally linked to the city’s bid to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
On the contrary, lack of funds got the project stuck many years. A construction contract was awarded to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, but as of November 2010, they had only received 20% of the promised amount from the government. This project was expected to be launched early this year but was delayed to July 12th.
According to an early report from Guardian, Kayode Opeifa, Transportation Secretary, FCT, unveiled this week that the project was financed through counterpart-funding with the China Export Import (Ex-im) Bank on the basis of 60 per cent from the Chinese and 40 per cent from the FCT administration.
Opeifa also included that the rail system has modern facilities which comprises ultra-modern edifices, modern shopping centres and eateries with the view of springing up extra economic activities and overall positive impact on the growth of the FCT, among others.
This first phase of the project connects the city center to Nnamdi Azikwe International airport, stopping at the standard guage railway station in Idu. The complete network would link Abuja with satellite towns such as NyanyaKubwaMararabaand Lugbe.

Phase 1 consists of a ‘Lot 1’ and ‘Lot 3’ line. Lot 1 Line consists of Lot1A and Lot1B line. Lot 1A (Proposed Stations) includes Idu, Gwa Gwa ,Dei Dei, Jibi, Gbazango , Byazhin, Kubwa. Lot 1B (Proposed Stations) includes Ring Road 1, Garki, Transportation Centre, Wuse, Employment Centre, Utako,  Jabi I, Jabi II, Ring Road III, Gwarinpa, Karmo. Lot 3 (Proposed Stations) includes Abuja, Stadium, National Park, Ring Road II,  Wupa, Idu, Airport North, Airport.

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by TONY AILEMEN, INNOCENT ODOH & JAMES KWEN, Abuja, CYNTHIA IKWUETOGHU, Lagos

July 12, 2018 | 12:38 pm
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