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FCT Minister Nyesom Wike expresses discontent over progress of Abuja Light Rail project

Wike tours Abuja Metro and Kukwaba II Train stations, criticizes poor design and security lapses, warns against excuses in preparation for May 2024 commissioning.

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The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nyesom Wike, embarked on a tour of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Scheme, popularly known as the Abuja Light Rail Project, expressing dissatisfaction with the state of work during his visit to the Abuja Metro Station and the Kukwaba II Train Station on Thursday. Accompanied by senior officials of the FCTA, the minister aimed to assess the pace and quality of work ahead of the scheduled commissioning ceremony in May 2024.

Wike, visibly disappointed by what he observed, criticized the poor designs and security lapses at the Abuja Metro Station. He conveyed his discontent, stating, “From what I have seen, the designs are very poor. Whoever may have approved the designs is unfair to Nigerians.”

Expressing regret over his commitment to the project’s readiness by May, Wike emphasized the disastrous implications of substandard work. “It will be very disastrous for me,” he declared, rejecting any excuses for the shortcomings.

Wike, drawing on his past experience overseeing similar projects, expressed his displeasure, stating, “But frankly speaking, knowing where I’m coming from and having presided over projects like this, I’m not in a happy mood at all.”

Acknowledging the importance of firsthand assessments, Wike thanked Providence for enabling him to inspect the sites personally. He underscored the need for accountability and warned against relying solely on field reports. “You can imagine if I am sitting in the office and then, depending on the reports from those who said they were in the field, by the time I come here in May, I will be messed up. But I thank God that I came to see things for myself,” he concluded.

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