In a determined effort to meet the May 29 deadline, Mr. Nyesom Wike, the Minister of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory (FCT), vows to expedite the completion of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit (ARMT) System project. During a recent inspection tour, Wike emphasized the importance of timely delivery, reaffirming the FCT Administration’s unwavering commitment to the ambitious project.
The FCTA had awarded a N5 billion contract in August 2023 for the rehabilitation of the ARMT system, entrusting the task to China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Ltd (CCECC) with an eight-month delivery timeline. Minister Wike, upon assuming office, prioritized the ARMT among projects slated for commissioning on May 29, coinciding with President Bola Tinubu’s first year in office.
“This is one project that I am so compassionate about,” asserted Wike during the inspection. He acknowledged security lapses at the metro station and expressed optimism about overcoming challenges. Wike highlighted his allocation of funds for access roads, affirming the absence of excuses in meeting the project’s ambitious deadline.
However, the Minister voiced disappointment regarding persistent vandalization and theft plaguing the rail system. He expressed concern over the delayed implementation of security measures, revealing discrepancies in the awarding of contracts. Determined to address the security issue promptly, Wike vowed to instate measures to curb further vandalism and theft, leaving no room for excuses.
In addition, Wike critiqued the quality of access roads connecting the rail stations, urging the involved companies to accelerate their efforts. Unhappy with the current progress, the Minister emphasized the need for swift action to ensure the successful and timely completion of the ARMT project.