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FEC okays N5.9bn for Abuja light rail access road

"Today Council approved the award of contract for the construction of access roads for the Abuja light rail. You are aware that Mr. President has given the directive that he wants to ride on the metro line"

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N5.9 billion for the construction of access roads for the Abuja light rail system.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, who disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday, said the President Bola Tinubu has set a timeline for the completion of the Abuja light rail project.

He said: “Today Council approved the award of contract for the construction of access roads for the Abuja light rail. You are aware that Mr. President has given the directive that he wants to ride on the metro line.

“Now it will not be possible if there are no access roads to commuters in communities around.

“If you don’t create parks and access roads, it will be difficult. And so the council decided to approve this to MSSRS CCECC at a cost of N5.9bn.

“We believe that this access road being created and some car parks, we believe hopefully by next year most of us will be joining the metro line.”

Persecond News reported in September, that the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC), David Waig, has assured the Federal Government that the Abuja light rail project will be completed in eight months.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Vice-President on Media and Communications, Stanley Nkwocha, said in a statement that Waig gave the promise to Vice-President Kashim Shettima during a visit.

Shettima, who recalled that the company had been in the country for nearly 42 years, commended it for its steadfastness in supporting Nigeria and other countries without “interfering in local politics”.

Earlier, Waig, reiterated the company’s commitment towards delivering the project within the stipulated period, saying CCECC would go above board and leave no stone unturned in ensuring the delivery of the Abuja light rail line come May 2024

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