By Laide Akinboade Abuja
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has tasked the residents of Jiwa Chiefdom to stop criminals from vandalising the ongoing Abuja Rail Mass Transit project.
While hinting that, the project which was undertaken by a foreign loan is yet to be fully operational and most of the infrastructures are being vandalized.
Speaking on behalf of the Administration, the Acting Secretary, Transport Secretariat, Mrs Alice Odey-Achu said they shut down operations because of Covid-19 pandemic and will commence operation soonest as the administration has made procurement of two new coaches.
She gave this hint at a meeting with the Emir of Jiwa, district and village heads of Jiwa Chiefdom on the reason why they must own the Abuja Rail Mass Transit.
According to her; “Abuja Rail Mass Transit has twelve stations and eight out the twelve runs through Jiwa Chiefdom and three is operational as we speak.
“Chinese people , who are partners in the project draw our attention to vandalisation of the ongoing Mass Rail project, saying, ” the track are being destroyed, the walls are broken, mental protectors were removed.
She added that;”There is nothing, they put on the ground that is not very important . Our fear is that, when they start operations, it’s those little, little things that causes accident and loss of lives and properties.
“Train is safe. But when these small small things are vandalized, we cannot tell what the consequences may be” she cried out”, she added.
Giving his counsel, the Emir of Jiwa, Alhaji Idris Musa who advised the delegation from FCTA to engaged the community men as security guard over the rail facilities, while calling for the speedy implementation of the reports earlier sent to the FCT Administration over the same matter.
According to him, “It is our duty to ensure that the people and infrastructure are protected….let Government be serious. Abuja is a combination of the good, bad and ugly… Employ those in the community as security guard to protect the infrastructures and let government implement the advice we gave them”
He also charged all District and Village Heads to watch over the infrastructures in their domain or be held responsible.