Light Rail: Good Maintenance Culture, Others Will Keep This Running - Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has stressed the need for the FCT Administration, especially, the management of the light rail mass transit commissioned in Abuja on Thursday to ensure efficient operations, good customer service and maintenance culture in the operations punctuality of the rail.
At the commissioning ceremony, the President expressed pleasure in the transport system, emphasising that the completion of the project was a dream come-true.
He commended the Minister of FCT for what he described as hard work and sense of purpose towards the realisation of the modern transportation system for both Federal Capital Territory (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 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 Hon. 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.
"May I therefore assure Nigerians of Federal Government’s continued support for all the negotiations towards the realisation of the Abuja Light Rail system," he told the gathering.
President Buhari also highlighted that the the project was "another evidence that we are a government that delivers on its promises. 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 Hon. 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 added.
On Wednesday, there were reports that Federal Government was still owing the Chinese company, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CCECC that handled the project.
CCECC said the Federal Government had not provided its own part of the funding which is nine billion Naira for the Abuja light rail project.
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