Nigeria to create 20,000 jobs through Abuja light rail

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


The Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, says it is optimistic that the coming into operation of the Abuja Light Rail service would accelerate FCT economy by opening windows for investments and job creation.

The territory Permanent Secretary, Mr Chinyeaka Ohaa gave the assurance when he led directors and management staff of the Administration on inspection tour of the 78km Abuja Light Rail in Abuja.

The permanent Secretary reaffirmed the Administration’s commitment to ensuring that the Mass Transit service was commissioned in a matter of weeks, saying, “already the Administration has written to the Presidency for a convenient date.”

Benefits of the Projects
Mr Ohaa stated that the benefits of the project include the potential for over 20,000 jobs, aside of boosting the economic fortunes of the Territory.

He said that the Abuja Rail project which started in 2009 would help to curtail traffic congestion in the nation’s capital city.

The permanent Secretary further explained that all the necessary infrastructure and human personnel have been put in place for a successful event.

A tour of the project showed that about 98 percent of the work has been completed.

The Permanent Secretary described the project as a new experience in Africa, and that he was impressed with the level of work done so far.

He further revealed that the facility has ample escalators and lifts for physically challenged and adequate security devices for protection of passengers.

Mr Ohaa added that both President Muhammadu Buhari and FCT Minister have shown tremendous commitment to ensure the Abuja Rail Mass Transit comes on stream.

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