President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday inaugurated the Abuja light rail system, saying he was said very pleased to formally open the new transport system.
Buhari was optimistic that a modern rail service would bring about a boost to the FCT economy and enhance social life in the city.
“The completion of this very important project is a dream-come-true. I commend the Hon. Minister of F.C.T for the hard work and sense of purpose towards the realization of this long-awaited modern transportation system for both FCT residents and visitors.
“This accomplishment clearly demonstrates our commitment to addressing critical infrastructural projects and keeping with the ideals of the Change Agenda to ensure prudence in the management of public resources, value for money considering the huge investments in this project.
“Transportation is the live wire of any city. I am very optimistic that a modern rail service would bring about a boost to the FCT economy and greatly enhance social life.
“I am aware that what we have on the ground today are coaches meant to provide skeletal services as we await the main set of the rolling stock for full operations.
“I have been briefed on the outcome of the Ministers of F.C.T and Finance recent visit to China, during which the MOUs and agreements for the procurements of the main rolling stock were signed,” he added
The President gave assurance of the Federal Government’s continued support for the negotiations towards the realisation of the Abuja Light Rail system.
The commissioning of the light rail in the Federal Capital Territory, he said, is another evidence that his government is delivering on its promises.
He added “I have observed keenly other milestones that this Administration has achieved, especially in the areas of education, public utilities and infrastructure development.
“I commend the efforts of the Minister of F.C.T. as well as the support and patience of the residents, while we are working to improve the city’s transportation service.
“I am thankful to the Government and people of China for their investment in the Nigerian economy. I commend the CCECC Limited – the Contracting Firm, for the quality of work and timely delivery of this project.
“Let me place on record the Nigerian government’s appreciation to the Government of China and the EXIM Bank of China for their support on this and many other projects currently being executed in the country.
“This gesture further cements the already existing cordial relations and developmental partnership between Nigeria and the People’s Republic of China.
“I would also like to thank our Nigerian Consultants, Messrs Transurb Technirail Consult Limited for their services.”
The President urged the FCT Administration, especially, the management of the rail services, to ensure efficient operations, good customer service and maintenance culture in the operations punctuality of the rail.