Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) approved approved is 272 million dollars for the repairs and construction of 5.76 kilometres rail track in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
The disclosure was made through its Transportation Secretariat yesterday in Abuja. The Mandate Secretary for the Secretariat, Zakari Dobi. The secretary revealed this during an inspection tour of the vandalized Abuja Light Rail Track, Station and Idu Training Centre in Abuja.
Dobi explained that the secretariat was working diligently to return to the site for the construction of 5.76 kilometres and fixing of the vandalised areas of the track.
According to him, the total bill for the construction of 5.76 kilometres rail track as approved is $272 million (approximately 113 Billion).
Dobi further disclosed that the bill for the construction of the 5.76 kilometres rail track was before the FCTA Permanent Secretary for approval by the FCT Minister.
He expressed optimism that the minister who has shown concern over the Abuja Light Rail would respond promptly.
“Two things informed this outing. Firstly, to be able to again evaluate and assess the level of vandalisation on the track.
“Secondly, to also look at the Training Centre at Idu Rail Station with a view to being able to relocate some Departments of the Federal Capital Territory Administration Transportation Secretariat due to challenges of office spaces in Area 11.
“What we saw was quite bad even though when I assumed office I have been briefed about the issue of vandalisation.
“We have the intention to go back to the site for the construction of 5.76 kilometres rail track in Abuja. The cost of the construction also contains fixing the vandalized areas.
“We have seen some of the fresh areas that were vandalised and I want to believe that the projection made earlier on fixing the vandalised area will still accommodate what we saw.”
He added that the vandalisation occurred due to a halt in operation, adding that if operation was constantly on, it would reduce the level of vandalisation.
The Mandate Secretary assured residents that the FCTA would fix all the vandalised spots to ensure proper utilisation of the already completed areas with the four Diesel Multiple Units on ground to put an end to such destruction .
“We are going to look at issues to see if we can come up with possible ways on how to stop the vandalisation completely but I do know that the first thing to do is to resume operation.”
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