By Nathaniel Shaibu
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, during a tour of the Abuja Metro Rail stations on Wednesday, promised to quickly complete the project, to lessen the burden of transport on residents.
The FCT minister visited the Central Metro Station, Idu Rail Station, and the Airport Rail Station, as part of his familiarisation tour to projects captured in his short-term plan.
Speaking after the visit, Wike said the administration would fast-track the release of funds to the contractors working on the projects, to enable the completion as soon as possible.
He expressed displeasure that the rail project had remained uncompleted, noting that the non-completion of the project was responsible for the vandalisation of some of the projects’ components.
The minister stated that when completed, the rail projects will afford residents of the FCT a seamless transportation system, and equally lessen traffic jams within the city.
“The Abuja Metro Rail project is one of the projects this administration wants to complete and put to use immediately, to reduce the traffic in the city.
The money for the rehabilitation of the project is there, we will make sure the contractor is paid to ensure that the project is completed and inaugurated in the next few months.”
Wike advised senior officials of the FCTA Transportation Secretariat to ensure fencing of the stations, to prevent criminals from further gaining access.
The Minister also called on the company handling the rehabilitation project of the Metro Stations, the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation to do a better job