Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has issued a directive to fully pay the Chinese Concession Company to ensure the completion of the rehabilitation of the Abuja light rail project within eight months. Wike made this announcement during his inspection of the Abuja Metro Station in Idu and the Airport Station, marking his first official assignment outside the office.
Emphasizing the significance of restoring the Abuja metro, Wike highlighted its importance in fulfilling President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to alleviate the suffering of Nigerians promptly. During his visit to the main terminal of the metro station, Wike, accompanied by the Minister of State for FCT, Mairiga Mahmud, and ministry officials, engaged with contractors and scrutinized the work’s quality.
Continuing his tour, the FCT minister embarked on a train ride from the metro station, passing through the Idu Station to the Airport Station. Following the damage inflicted on the crucial rail infrastructure, the FCT Administration awarded a new N5 billion contract in August 2023 to restore it within a year.
The Abuja light rail, inaugurated at the metro station in 2018, operated for approximately two years before ceasing due to extensive vandalism. Wike’s proactive approach aims to revitalize this essential transportation asset and reestablish its role in serving the public.