Nigeria inaugurates first metro line in Abuja
President Buhari, dignitaries and journalists took a ride from the CBD metro station to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
Abuja, July 12, 2018 (AltAfrica)-President Muhammadu Buhari has launched the Abuja metro rail line.
Mr Buhari launched the line Thursday Morning at the new metro station in Central Business District (CBD), Abuja.
After the launch, the president and other dignitaries and journalists took a ride from the CBD metro station to Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport.
The rail line is the first phase of a metro line for Nigeria’s capital city. It will also be the first functional metro rail in the Nigerian capital.
Cosmas Uzodinma, spokesman to the FCT minister, had said in a statement that the 45.245 km standard guage rail line from Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport to the Abuja metro station is the first of its kind in West Africa.
Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, Mummadu Bello, FCT minister alongside Nasir el-Rufai, governor of Kaduna state, were present at the inauguration.
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.
The Abuja metro rail line project began more than a decade to complete, having been flagged-off by the Olusegun Obasanjo administration in 2007 The line “will link 13 communities with 12 stations at the Abuja Metro, Stadium, Kukwaba 1 and 2, Wupa, Idu, Bassanjiwa, Airport, Gwagwa Dei-Dei, Kagini and Gbazango. All of these have been completed.”
The rail system has modern facilities that include ultra modern edifices, modern shopping centres and eateries with the prospect of springing up further economic activities along the tracks and overall positive impact on the growth of the FC