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FEC approves N5.5 billion for Abuja light rail access roads 



Nyesome Wike

The Federal Executive Council has granted approval of N5.5 billion to fund the construction of access roads serving communities along the Abuja light rail project. 

Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike, disclosed this information to State House correspondents following the conclusion of this week’s Council meeting, which was chaired by President Bola Tinubu. 

Wike clarified that the President has established a specific deadline for the Abuja light rail project’s completion, underscoring the significance of ensuring that the access roads to the railway station are ready. 

In September, the Presidency said that the Chinese firm, China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC), had promised to complete the $823 million Abuja light rail project within eight months.  

Also, the FCT Minister, Nyesome Wike on assumption of office had rendered his dissatisfaction at the abandonment of the Abuja light rail project and promised to resuscitate it.

The rail line was commissioned by President Buhari in 2018 but was abandoned during the COVID-19-inspired lockdown.