N5 billion Invested For The Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) Restoration.

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has announced a substantial investment of N5 billion to embark on a significant effort in Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) restoration, which suffered vandalism during its temporary shutdown due to COVID-19 restrictions. Mr. Olusade Adesola, the FCT Permanent Secretary, announced that they will use this substantial investment to rehabilitate crucial equipment, ensuring a return to efficient and reliable transportation services for Abuja’s residents.

Flagging off the restoration project in Abuja, Mr. Adesola emphasized the indispensable role the light rail plays in easing the city’s transportation challenges. He acknowledged that the vandalism of rail equipment had been a major setback for the administration. However, he reassured the public that the authorities would implement stringent measures to safeguard the rail assets and prevent further disruption by a few vandals.

The Director of Transportation, FCTA, Mr. Joseph Akinteye, explained that the rehabilitation project would focus on Lots 1A and 3 of the rail system, which collectively make up 45.245 km out of the designated six lots in the transportation master plan. He recounted that the initial completion of these lots occurred in 2017, and the rail system was inaugurated in 2018, followed by a trial operation service that lasted for 20 months until the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and associated protocols.

Completion Date For The Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) Restoration.

The rehabilitation project is to be undertaken by the reputable China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC) and is expected to be completed within 12 months. The scope of work involves repairing and replacing damaged equipment, upgrading facilities, and implementing modern security measures to fortify the system against future threats.

Mr. Adesola underscored the significance of the revitalization, stating that it signifies the resilience of the city and its people, as well as the government’s commitment to fostering an enabling environment for economic growth and social well-being.

The rehabilitation of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit system holds great promise for the city’s future. Once completed, the revitalized rail network will enhance mobility, boost economic activities, and provide a reliable and eco-friendly transportation option for Abuja’s residents and visitors alike. This landmark project stands as a testament to the government’s commitment to creating a sustainable and forward-looking infrastructure that will fuel the city’s growth and prosperity.

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