by Jerry King Nwobodo @JerryDKingTP
Nigeria’s president has commsioned the first modern Metro Station in West Africa situated in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.
The first phase of the city light rail project was opened today by the president.
This project was initiated by past administrations but the present government expedited action to bring the light rail project to see the light of day after 10 years of slow-footing.
Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the project which has been in the works for 11 years. It will be the first functional metro rail in the FCT and indeed Nigeria.
Cosmas Uzodinma, the spokesman to the FCT minister, described the 45.245 km standard guage rail line from the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the Abuja metro station as the first of its kind in West Africa.
Also, Transportation Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kayode Opeifa, expressed optimism that the Abuja metro will reduce the traffic gridlock in Abuja. He said: “The Abuja rail system is as advanced as any in the developed world and it is designed to provide speed and comfort to the passengers within the FCT and serve as a delight to tourists.”
The project will link 13 communities with 12 stations at the Abuja Metro, Stadium, Kukwaba 1 and 2, Wupa, Idu, Bassanjiwa, Airport, Gwagwa Dei-Dei, Kagini and Gbazango.
The light rail system is also equipped with modern facilities including modern shopping centres and eateries.