Nigeria’s federal government has announced plans to construct a $572 million, 5.76-kilometer rail track in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Transportation Secretariat, through Alhaji Zakari Dobi, its secretary, revealed this on Monday in Abuja while visiting damaged Light Rail Track, Station, and Idu Training Centre.
According to NAN, he said that the bill for the building of the Light Rail track is currently on its way to the FCT Minister’s desk.
Alhaji Dobi expressed optimism that the Minister would sign the file for clearance, adding that the secretariat was working to return to the site for the building of the 5.76-kilometer rail track and the repair of the track’s vandalized areas. He stated that the overall cost of the rail track construction, as approved, is $272 million dollars.
He also mentioned that the track must first be able to evaluate and assess the extent of vandalism.
Secondly, to also look at the Training Centre at Idu Rail Station with a view to be able to relocating 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 intention to go back to site for the construction of 5.76 km rail track in Abuja. The cost of the construction of also fixing of the vandalised 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 areas will still accommodate what we saw.
The Transport secretary said the lack of operation on the construction also resulted in the vandalism, stating,
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.