The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has earmark #5bn for the rehabilitation of the vandalized Abuja Rail Mass Transit system.

The Permanent Secretary FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola who made this known while inaugurating the rehabilitation of the vandalized infrastructures in Abuja, said the move was to restore the vital transportation infrastructure, which he described as the “life blood of Abuja city”.

Mr Adesola while noting that the Abuja light rail system will play a crucial role in easing transportation challenges and enhancing mobility for residents, said the project would be delivered by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC), at the cost of five billion naira in 12 months.

He explained that the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic necessitated the temporary shutdown of the rail system as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus.

He added sadly, that during the period of inactivity, hoodlums vandalized essential equipment of the rail system, describing the development as a “serious setback”.

The permanent secretary said that contracts for the provision of security for the ARMT System have been awarded.

He noted that the rehabilitation would involve the repair and replacement of damaged equipment, upgrading of facilities, and implementing modern security measures to protect against future threats.

He assured residents that the process would be expedited without compromising on quality, and we will soon witness the return of a more efficient and reliable transportation system.

“This is because revitalisation of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit System is not just about repairing physical infrastructure; it is a testament to the resilience of our city and its people.It showcases our determination to overcome challenges and our unwavering commitment to the welfare of our citizens.”

The Director of Transportation, FCTA, Mr Joseph Akinteye, explained that the ARMT system rehabilitation project, consisting of Lots 1 A and 3, which span 45.245 kilometres (km), would be delivered at five billion naira.

Akinteye explained that the ARMT system phase 1, which comprises Lots 1 and 3, made up of 77.775 km out of the six Lots designated by the Transportation Master plan was awarded in 2007.

The Managing Director, CCECC, Mr Wang Xixue, said that the successful commencement of rehabilitation of the vandalized components of the ARMT system was critical to the development of the transportation system in the FCTA.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *