The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), has said that President Bola Tinubu and other residents of the nation’s capital will ride in the Abuja light rail system in record time than expected.
The Mandate Secretary, Transport Secretariat, Mnokutom Nyah, disclosed this to newsmen during the ride and inspection of Abuja metro light rail to ascertain the pace of work done on the vandalized rail tracks and other facilities at the Abuja metro light rail on Thursday.
It would be recalled that the FCT Minister, Barrister Nyesom Wike, while inaugurating FCTA Mandate Secretaries on September 12, identified public transportation as a major challenge that must be addressed comprehensively in Abuja and charged the transport secretary to fast track work on the vandalized light rail system.
Nyah said: “The residents of the FCT are in for a big surprise and a good time from the minister of the federal capital Territory. The completion of the Abuja Light Rail might come sooner than it was expected because what we have seen today is a great job.
“We have gone through over 60% of the rail road, took a ride on it, and I can convincingly state that the vandalised parts of the railroads have been duly completed. The cleaning is going on and i am told that the communication cables are already on the port and will soon come in.
“Against the projection of nine months or so in the contract, I think the masses will ride on the train much earlier than it was expected and we are happy that in less than two months, restoration of vandalized facilities has been swept off.
Nyah, who also spoke on the security measures taken to prevent kidnap of passengers on the light rail, said
“Last week when we visited the vandalised parts of the blockage, we stated that the key vision of the FCT administration is hinged on three parts which are security, affordability and flexibility and this was to outline that on every part of our operation, security is very important and it could not be less on the railway, knowing what has happened in the past.”