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Abuja light rail station vandalized

Facilities at the stadium station of the Abuja light rail system have been vandalized. Our City Editor, who was at the station yesterday reports that…

Facilities at the stadium station of the Abuja light rail system have been vandalized.

Our City Editor, who was at the station yesterday reports that industrial and electrical cables as well as air conditioners equipment were carted away.

The hoodlums also removed the cables along the rail track as well as heavy nuts used to tie the track.

City & Crime reports that the light rail project, which was commissioned by President Muhammudu Buhari sometimes in 2018, has not been functioning well since then.

Some technical staff, working at some of the stations, said many facilities both at the stations and on the track have been removed.

Our City Editor further learnt that the FCT Administration still owes the Chinese company handling the project, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd.

It was learnt that the company withdrew their infantries from the station, while the three Civil Defence officers at the station were not properly armed to guard the facilities.

The Mandate Secretary of the FCT Transport Secretariat, Malam Zakari Angulu Dobi, who also visited the station yesterday, said he was there to ascertain the level of damages to the project by the vandals.

He said such ugly incident happened because the facilities are not been put into constant use and assured that the light rail project would soon begin full operations after the repairs. 

Dobi said work would also start soonest on 5.76 kilometres rail track, which is expected to gulp $272 million. 

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