The Nigerian government has unveiled intentions to modernize one of Nigeria’s limited metro systems, the Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) System.
Announced on Friday by Mr. Olusade Adesola, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), the N5 billion project is slated to be undertaken by the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC) within a year’s time.
Upgrade Initiative Mr. Olusade Adesola, the FCTA Permanent Secretary, outlined the goal of revitalizing this crucial rail transportation infrastructure, which he aptly described as the “lifeblood of Abuja city.” He emphasized the pivotal role the Abuja light rail would play in alleviating transportation bottlenecks and enhancing the mobility of the city’s residents.
He also acknowledged the adverse impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, which prompted the temporary suspension of rail operations to curb the virus spread. Unfortunately, this pause resulted in equipment damage inflicted by vandals during the downtime.
Contract and Restoration Addressing the security of the ARMT System, the FCTA’s leader indicated that security contracts had been awarded. He affirmed the commitment to safeguarding this invaluable asset, pledging to thwart the efforts of a handful of vandals from undermining the progress and potential of this essential public service. The aim is to restore the Abuja Light Rail System to its former glory and surpass previous performance levels.
The rehabilitation endeavor will encompass repairing and replacing damaged equipment, modernizing facilities, and implementing advanced security measures to ward off potential future threats. The goal is to herald the return of a more efficient and dependable transportation system.
Director of Transportation, FCTA, Mr. Joseph Akinteye, provided insights into the project’s scope, encompassing Lots 1 A and 3, spanning a distance of 45.245 kilometers. While the initial ARMT system covered 77.775 kilometers, only 45.245 kilometers were completed in 2017, officially inaugurated in 2018, followed by a 20-month trial operation. The rehabilitation, upon completion, is expected to revive the Metro Line services.
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