Nigeria: Abuja to Test Run Light Rail Service Mid-November – Minister

Nigeria’s Federal  Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Muhammad Bello, has said ‎that work on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit is expected to be completed by October while the FCT Administration will commence the test run of the Rail Mass Transit by the middle of November 2017, Footprint to Africa reports.

Bello made this disclosure while receiving a delegation of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria, FTAN, led by its President, Tomilola Akingbogun, that paid him a visit in his office at Area 11, Garki I District, Abuja.

The minister disclosed that, by December 2017, the FCT Administration intends to temporarily open the rail services for the Lots 1A and 3 to the general public for usage.

According to him, the full operation of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit would commence by the first quarter of 2018 as earlier announced.

On the problem of multiple taxations in the Federal Capital Territory, Mr. Bello reiterated that a committee is already working to address it.

He said that the participation of private investors in the development and economic activities of the Federal Capital Territory is paramount for better results and therefore the knotty issues of multiple taxations must be tackled to encourage them.

The minister emphasised that tourism must also be given its rightful place for private investors to take the front seat in order to stimulate economic activities in the territory.

“Nigeria is truly endowed and the FCT Administration will surely leverage on such endowment to fast track its economic development,” he said.

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