President Muhammadu Buhari on thursday commissioned the 45.24 km Phase 1 Abuja light rail mass transit project awarded on May 23, 2017.
According to the President’s Special Assistant on New Media, Bashir Ahmad, the Light Rail mass transit covers 12 stations within the Abuja metropolis.
He added that the rail line is the first phase of the metro line in Abuja.
After launching the train service, President Buhari alongside other dignitaries, including Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai took a train ride from Abuja Central area to the airport, a distance of over 44 kilometres.
Buhari, in his speech, commended the Chinese Government and its construction firm that handled the project (CCCEC) as well as the China Exim bank for the conclusion of the project.
Buhari said: ‘’The project will impact on the people in terms of better transportation, job creation and enhance their social lives.” However, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has flayed Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for allegedly attempting to claim credit for the rail project.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said: “Nigerians are aware that the project was conceptualised, initiated and policy-propelled by the PDP.