Plans for metro rail line between Nasarawa and Abuja on top gear – Wike

by Amos Kalu
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According to Nyesom Wike, the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) will collaborate with the government of Nasarawa State on the construction of rail lines and road networks.

When Nasarawa Governor Abdullahi Sule paid him a visit in his office on Friday, the FCT minister made this statement.

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Wike emphasized the importance of collaboration for the growth of the two institutions while recognizing how close Nasarawa State and the Federal Capital Territory are to one another.

He stated that FCTA would start talks with the Nasarawa State Government on building a metro rail from Apo to Keffi and finishing the road artery from Abacha Barracks to Masaka.

Wike stated that work are on to build the metro line within the next seven months as directed by President Bola Tinubu, noting that it is expensive but vital.

He stated that the main issue hampering the FCT’s development efforts is a lack of funding, adding that numerous projects and contracts have been awarded but have not been carried out because of this.

Wike remarked that Abuja cannot develop if its initiatives do not also have a beneficial influence on Nasarawa State. He revealed that FCTA is selecting large projects with high impact that can be financed and finished.

In order to combat insecurity, he further emphasized the necessity of a deeper relationship with the Nasarawa government and FCT.

However, the Nasarawa Government’s proposal to develop land for a clean city was rejected by the FCT minister, who blamed a lack of funding as a justification.

Gov. Sule also emphasized the necessity for collaboration between the FCT and Nasarawa, pointing out that more than 40% of Abuja’s workforce is located in the neighboring state.

This is the reason why the route from Abacha Barracks to the border, which is hard to define in Nyanya, exists. The transit situation is problematic. But we know that the road will go all the way to Masaka because of the FCT’s road system to the border. The [Nasarawa] state administration and the FCT both have a role to play.

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