FG fulfills on promise to link Abuja and Kaduna; railway now ready for public use

By Post Nigeria December 9, 2014 14:45

FG fulfills on promise to link Abuja and Kaduna; railway now ready for public use

Following the federal Government’s promise on December 1st that the Federal Capital Territory would be linked to Kaduna State in 29 days from then, it has announced that the first standard rail road project in Nigeria and the entire West Africa has been formally completed and is ready for public use.

The Chinese rail construction giant China Railway Construction Corporation, CRCC, officially rounded up the track laying work on Monday 8th. The railway which links the capital city Abuja and the north-western state of Kaduna is truly groundbreaking.

The rail road project gulped nearly 850 million U.S dollars and stretches 186.5 km with nine stations and a design speed of 150 km per hour.

The Minister of Transport while expressing satisfaction on the project on behalf the Nigerian government and the people of Africa’s most populous country, described the project as a significant milestone in the history of Nigeria, as well as a testimony that the transformation agenda of the government was yielding fruitful results.

He emphasized the fact that the government is committed to carrying out modernization projects to make transportation easier for all Nigerians.

He said that the railway was to ease the mass movement of people from the Nigerian Capital city to the northwestern state of Kaduna.

The railway modernization initiative in Nigeria aims at replacing the existing narrow gauge system with the wider standard gauge system, while allowing high-speed train operations on the railway network.

The Abuja-Kaduna rail line is one of the first Standard Gauge Railway Modernization Projects (SGRMP) undertaken in Nigeria.

Shi Hongbing, managing director of the Nigerian office of China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), an offshoot of CRCC, said the company would take part in the running and management of the train in the future.

This will hereby boost Nigeria-China relations as it will be beneficial to both countries.

“I want to thank all the people who helped us during the construction,” he added, acknowledging, especially, the cooperation and hospitable nature of people of the local communities which the rail project passed through.

“The completion of the rail road is a guarantee for the running of the rail road next year. It will boost the confidence of the Chinese firm and also the determination of Nigeria. And this is a good example of the coast rail road project of the West African country,”

Earlier, Cao Baogang, vice chairman of CRCCCAC, described the project as a “miracle”, noting it was completed “under the pressure of Ebola and the security problem in Nigeria.

Indeed the transformation Agenda of President Jonathan has restored and improved the declined and dilapidated Nigerian railway Corporation (NRC).