Casablanca, (ADV) – Nigeria has formally commissioned the China-assisted Abuja light rail transportation system, the first of its kind in West Africa.
Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari declared the full operation of the capital city’s light rail system, handled by China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and partly funded by the Export-Import Bank of China.
Buhari, while delivering a keynote address at the light rail’s commissioning ceremony, hailed the project as a significant milestone in the history of Nigeria.
“I am very optimistic that a modern rail service would bring about a boost to the FCT (Federal Capital Territory) economy and greatly enhance social life,” said Buhari, who, thereafter, took a ride on the train.
With a total length of 45 kilometers, the newly completed Lot A1 and Lot 3 of the light rail are part of the Abuja rail mass transit project.
It covers 12 stations, 21 operational offices, 13 bridges, 50 culverts and nine pedestrian overpasses.
Buhari, together with key cabinet members and officials of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, flagged off the light rail transportation from the Abuja Metro Station, located behind the Abuja World Trade Center still under construction in the city center.
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