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NRC set for final certification of completed Abuja Light Rail Project
As part of the regulatory standards in rail management, the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) has deployed a technical team to evaluate the readiness of Abuja Light Rail Project for the take off of commercial mass transit operation.
The team, led by Engineer Akin Osinowo and other six technical assessors had swung into action as they on arrival boarded the newly acquired train coaches for an inspection tour of the stations and the Rolling Stock Yard.
The rail line under Lot A and Lot 3, which is about 45 km long, has 12 stations, 21 operational offices, 13 bridges, 50 culverts and nine pedestrian over passes. It is the first railway in the country without a pedestrian crossing.
There are strong believe that the project will facilitate movement of people in 12 satellite towns and also ease passengers movement between the new international terminal at Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and Central Terminal Station.
Osinowo recalled that in an interview that “The visit was a follow up to the previous one to determine the readiness of the Abuja Rail System, which had been certified by the Ministry of Transportation General Inspection of Rail for operations on safety, engineering, repairs, management and other issues in line with the Nigerian Railway Act of 1955 and in accordance with global best practices”.
He also assured the management of Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) that the Corporation will accord the Abuja Light Rail System necessary technical and regulatory support at every level of its operation.
According to him, “NRC will issue the Certificate of Operation to FCTA as observations made were not serious enough to cause any delay in the commencement of operations”.