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A few weeks ago, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Attorney Nyesom Wike, told the world that the long awaited N10 billion Abuja Light Rail was ready for commercial operations. Last week, on 27 May, the Light Rail, also known as the Abuja Metro Line, was officially inaugurated by President Bola Tinubu.

The Management and Staff of Reach-Out & Link-Up Ltd., publishers of ROLU Business Magazine congratulates the government and people of Nigeria, the Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Attorney Nyesom Wike on the successful launch of the Light Rail services in Abuja. This achievement is obviously a significant milestone in the development of transportation infrastructure in the country. It is an evidence of the Administration’s dedication to improving the  standards of living of Nigerian citizens.

Light Rail services in Abuja will undoubtedly have a positive impact on the community. It will provide an alternative, reliable and efficient means of transportation. Commuters will now have an option they consider safer and more convenient for travelling within the city. Incidents of traffic congestion will now be drastically reduced. Overall connectivity will now be improved.

As we celebrate this success, however, it is important to recognize the need to extend the Light Rail services to as many towns and villages within the region as possible. By expanding the network, more people will have access to affordable and sustainable transportation options, which will help to boost economic growth and improve the quality of life for residents in under-served areas. This extension would also bridge the urban-rural divide in transportation and ensure that the benefits of improved transportation infrastructure are equitably distributed to all Nigerians living within the region.

We encourage the government to continue working towards the expansion of the Light Rail services, not only in Nigeria, but throughout the country. We encourage the government to explore partnerships with foreign or local corporations to facilitate the process. Collaborating with external establishments can bring in additional expertise and resources, accelerating the development of new routes and ensuring the sustainability of the project in the long run.

Minister of Transportation, Saidu Alkali

 

Furthermore, we urge every other state in the country to follow the example set by the Federal Capital Territory and invest in modernizing their transportation infrastructure by launching similar initiatives. By emulating the success of Abuja’s Light Rail services, other regions can improve mobility by saving the much time spent in holdups on roads, enhance connectivity and create opportunities for economic development.

The usefulness of the Light Rail services cannot be underrated. They offer numerous advantages, including helping to alleviate the burden on road networks by providing a dependable alternative to road transportation. Their presence reduces the number of vehicles on the road. Light Rail systems contribute to lower emissions and improved air quality. Improved transportation infrastructure attracts investments, boosts tourism, and supports local businesses. Access to efficient public transport reduces travel time, lowers transportation costs, and improves overall accessibility for all citizens.

In light of these benefits, we would strongly advise other states in Nigeria to consider developing their own Light Rail systems. By investing in such infrastructure, states can foster economic development, improve urban planning, and create a more connected and sustainable future for their residents. Once again, we congratulate the people of Nigeria on this commendable achievement. We look forward to seeing continued progress in the development of Nigeria’s transportation infrastructure and the positive impacts it will undoubtedly have on the country.

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