FG approves N718 million for protection and monitoring of Abuja light rail transit system

The Federal Government has approved plans to begin rail infrastructure monitoring protection, announcing that N718 million has been approved for security services and monitoring of Abuja’s light rail transport system.

It was disclosed by CTF The Minister, Muhammed Bello, during a briefing by State House correspondents on the outcome of the Council meeting, chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, according to NAN.

FG has also approved N1.4 billion for the purchase of spare parts and repairs to a crane from the Nigeria Railway Corporation.

What the minister says

Belo said: “I presented a memo to the Federal Executive Council meeting today and it approved a contract for the provision of security services for the Abuja light rail transit system.

  • “These companies are Messers Al-Ahali Security Guards Limited and Messers Seaguard Security and Protective Company Limited.
  • They will ensure the safety of all 45 kilometers of tracks, including 12 stations.
  • And these security services are intended to protect the key infrastructures on the railway tracks, the signaling and communication equipment as well as the electrical system.
  • “Al-Ahali security guard Limited will secure 27.4 kilometers of the runway, covering eight stations at a cost of N407,214,000 over a two year period.
  • Seaguard Securities and Protective Company Limited will secure 18 kilometers of railway tracks, including four stations, at a cost of N310,979,250.

Transport Minister Umar Sambo said the council had approved N1.4 billion for the purchase of spare parts and repairs to a crane from the Nigeria Railway Corporation.

The news continues after this announcement

  • Today I had the privilege of presenting to the council a memorandum from the Ministry of Transport on behalf of one of its agencies, the Nigeria Railway Corporation, for the purchase of spare parts and for the undertaking of repairs and the overhaul of one of its main cranes.
  • “Approval was given for the total sum of N1,491,065,722.72 inclusive of 7.5% VAT, with a period of performance of 12 months“, he said.

The minister also said that the government was considering the best options in terms of monitoring the Abuja-Kaduna rail service after the March 2022 attack, including its concession under a public-private partnership (PPP) agreement.

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  • Nairametry reported yesterday that the Federal Government has hinted that it may not resume rail services on the Abuja-Kaduna route anytime soon as it will be insensitive to the plight of families whose loved ones are still in captivity to do so.
  • This was revealed by Transport Minister Muazu Sambo weeks after the government revealed it could only fully resume operations on the Abuja-Kaduna railway line when it installed the appropriate monitoring technology at security purposes.

Jose P. Rogers