Abuja light rail will boost FCT economy, transport system, says Opeifa

Transportation Secretary of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kayode Opeifa has expressed optimism that most of the transport gridlock in Abuja would soon disappear with the commissioning next Thursday by President Muhammadu Buhari, of the Abuja light rail system.

Speaking during a chance encounter with The Guardian Monday, Opeifa, a former Commissioner of Transport in Lagos State, allayed fears that the transport situation in Abuja could relapse to the chaos that it has become at the former federal capital.

According to him, “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 served as a delight to tourists.”

He gave kudos to the Buhari administration “for not abandoning the rail project he inherited from the previous administration which was only 56 percent completed and was on the verge of being turned into a white elephant project.”

Opeifa disclosed that the project was financed through counterpart funding with the China Export-Import (Exim) Bank on the basis of 60 percent from the Chinese and 40 percent from the FCT administration adding that the total contract is $823.5 million from inception.


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