By LAIDE AKINBOADE
The Abuja Light Rail mass transit which was commissioned on Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari will provide 100,000 direct or indirect jobs for the residents of Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
This is according to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
The Transport Secretary of FCT, Kayode Opeifa, who disclosed this to journalists, said Lots 1A and 3 were completed and commissioned.
It would be recalled that the Abuja Rail mass transit system was in the original master plan for Abuja and conceived in 1977 and was intended to form the spine of the public transport system in FCT. It was designed to move people within and between the satellite towns and the different phases of the city.
According to Opeifa, “In order to facilitate the development of Abuja Rail Mass Transit system in phases based on preferential demand, Lot 1: is made up of Lots1A (23km) from Idu to Kubwa and 1B, (26.78km), from Ring Road 1 through transportation center to Gwagwa .Lot 2; from Gwagwa via interchange center Nyanya/Karu (51km). Lot 3; from transportation center via Idu industrial Area to Airport (27.245km). Lots 4; from Kuje to Karshi with remaining legs legs of the transityway line 2 (90km). Lot 5:from Kubwa via Bwari to Suleja (31km). Lot 6; from Airport via Kuje and Gwagwalada to Dobi (43km).
“The current project which covers Lots !A and 3 covers a distance of 45.245km out of 292km (total distance of Lots 1 to 6) is about 16% of of the entire rail network in FCT. The contract cost US$823,540,545.87, 45.245km of double track rail line.
“The lots 1A and 3 are 100% completed as at July 2018. And the capacity 5,000 passengers per day and by 15th month, about 350,000 passengers would be conveyed along the 2 lines (lots 1A and 3) and 12 stations.”