First phase of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit opens

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NIGERIA: President Muhammadu Buhari has inspected the new terminal building under construction at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport and inaugurated the Phase 1 of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Project on 12th of July.

The first phase of the Abuja light rail system has two lines with connections to the airport and the national rail network. The entire metro system, comprising 290 kilometres and is being built by China Civil Engineering and Construction Corp at a cost of $824 million, partly funded by loans from the Export-Import Bank of China, which is providing 60 percent, according to the Abuja city administration. It will span the entire city and will be developed in six phases.

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According to the Managing Director of Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria Saleh Dunoma, the work on the new airport terminal should be completed by October.

“We are pressing the contractor China Civil Engineering and Construction Company (CCECC) to finish in August so that we can start operations in October and all the stakeholders are working together to ensure this," Dunoma said.

The work includes linking Abuja Metro Rail station to the new terminal, and constructing two new car parking building on both wings of the terminal.

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