NRC inspects Abuja light rail project for final certification

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


A seven member Technical Team from Nigerian Railway Corporation, NRC, was in Abuja on a fact finding mission to ascertain the readiness of Abuja Light Rail Project for commercial operation.

The Team on arrival visited the Federal capital territory, FCT, Transportation Secretariat where they received briefs from Chief Resident Engineer of the Project, Engr Anthony Agbakubo on the level of completion of the project.

The team later undertook an inspection tour of the Stations and the Rolling Stock Yard boarding the newly acquired train coaches.

Speaking to the Transportation Secretariat Officials, the leader of the Team, Mr Akin Osinowo said that the visit was a follow up to the previous one to determine the readiness of the Abuja Rail System “whose infrastructure had  been certified good to go by the MOT General Inspection of Rail”  for passenger operations especially as it relates to safety, engineering and repairs, operation, management and other issues in line with the Nigerian Railway Act of 1955 and in accordance with Global Best practices.

At every station visited, the Team expressed their satisfaction at the level of development and work completion.

The Team also assured the Federal Capital Territory Administration that Abuja Light Rail System would receive all technical and regulatory support from the Nigerian Rail Corporation at every level of its operation.

Though observations were made during the inspection visit, the NRC expressed its readiness to issue the Certificate of Operation to the Federal capital Territory Administration as those issues were not serious enough to delay its operations.

Responding on behalf of the Transportation Secretariat, the Director of BRT and Transport Regulation, Engineer Wilson Unogwu assured the Team that the Federal Capital Territory Administration will constantly interact with the Nigerian Railway Corporation to ensure a seamless take off of Abuja Light Rail Mass Transit operation.