Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
President Goodluck Jonathan has yesterday inspected the multibillion naira ongoing Abuja, Kaduna Light Rail. The president who also inspected the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Airport Road Lot II, and Murtala Mohammed, Kubwa expressway, therefore commended the FCT minister Bala Muhammed for a job well done and for picking up the courage to embark on such a project that is the dear to the heart of the very Nigeria The president further explained that his administration have always insisted that without a functional rail system in any nation, “you cannot talk about mass transits.
I am quite please with the level of completion and looking at the stock piles of typical materials, give us hope” Jonathan noted that the mass transit cannot be built on taxis, small buses, adding that even the big buses are too expensive, “they are for short runs. But for real effective mass transit where commuters are meant to pay very low rate, then of course the rail system is key. That is why the government has plans for city rails like this and Inter-city rail system. our target was at the national level, to make sure that every state capital is linked up by the railway system.
Then within the big cities like Abuja, Lagos and other states, we are encouraging governors of those states, where we need to partner with them, we are partnering with them, where they can do it alone, they will do it alone to make sure that we have rail system within the city” he said. The president further charge the incoming administration to ensure the fast completion of other lots. “We are leaving on May 29, I believe that by the time he finish this main lot 1 and 2, the other ones may come on stream, it may not be in three or five years time, but I am sure that it would come on stream.