The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a private firm, Trans-Globim Nigeria Limited, for the development of Abuja Monorail System.
FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohamed, who signed the pact on behalf of the FCTA, revealed that the idea was fast tracked to give room for additional means of transportation for the teeming population of Abuja metropolis and its environs in tandem with the Transformation Agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mohammed disclosed that this system of transportation was meant to complement the Abuja Light Rail System with promises that it will tackle the chaotic traffic problems being witnessed in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) adding that satellite towns in the contiguous states will be connected.
He further revealed that the entire Abuja Monorail System would have no cost effect on the FCTA, but rather in line with the signed MoU, provides all the required rights of way for the Abuja Monorail System.
“I therefore challenge you to complete whatever is required including the feasibility studies that will give way for the actual concession agreement within six months,” adding: “This is momentous as the Abuja Monorail System will go a long way in reducing or solving traffic problems in Abuja including the satellite towns,” he added.
Responding, the Chairman of Globim Corporation, Dr. Jude Igwemezie, promised to return in less than six months to concretise the process of the signing concession agreement with the FCTA. Igwemezi commended the speedy way with which FCTA handled the entire process which commenced since 2007.
The signing of the MOU was witnessed by the FCT Minister of State, Ms Olajumoke Akinjide, the Acting Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Nuhu Ahmed and other top government functionaries in FCTA.