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Abuja Light Rail Project to be Completed in October 2015

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PIC. 2.   SURE-P INSPECTION LIGHT RAIL PROJECT IN ABUJA

Abuja (NAN) –  The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Bala Mohammed, has said that the ongoing Abuja Light Rail project traversing the Central Business District to Kubwa will  be completed  by October 2015.

Mohammed disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday during the signing of Memoranda of Understand (MoU) with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) on the Addendum II of the rail project.

According to him, the Addendum II consists of final design and construction of Lot 1B of the Abuja Light Rail Project.

The minister said it was expected to take care of Garki I District, Wuse I and II districts, Utako and some districts in Phases II and III of the city.

“The ongoing Lots IA and 3 will cover a distance of 45.245km, while Lot 1B whose  MoU was signed is about 31km, crisscrossing the FCT.’’

Mohammed said the Lot 1B was expected to cost  792 million dollars.

He said “the process has not been completed because it has to go to the Bureau for Public Procurement (BPP) for vetting as well as the Federal Executive Council.’’

Earlier, the FCT Transportation Secretary, Jonathan Ivoke, said the project was very significant to the overall development of the FCT because every modern city needed  an effective transportation network.

Also, the Managing Director, CCECC, Cao Baogong, said the company would ensure that the light rail was the best in Africa.

Baogong said the company had executed up to 50 per cent of the phase one project and promised that it would be ready by October, 2015.

He assured the minister that his company would unfailingly deliver the Lots 1A and 3 of the ongoing rail project by October 2015.

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5 Comments

  1. lorna

    September 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    Now, this is some good news! a very welcome development, hope they see it through..

  2. lorna

    September 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

    My only issue is that CCECC is already building a double track standard gauge railway from Lagos to Kano, hope they can handle the 2 projects simultaneously, Why not contract to another reputable company? I just pray this won’t go onto voice mail

  3. princess

    September 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I hope they get new advanced technology trains, and hope what we see in the picture above aint anything like what they have planned. All the best

  4. jake ro

    September 25, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    What about other major part of the country, why is it only abuja and lagos to kano.developing some places and leaving some places, if we can remember is part of the reason why boko harm came into being.build it across the federation.shun tribalism, cos that is the o ly way nigeria can survive

  5. Ides of March

    September 26, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Haha, that photo looks hilarious!

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