The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has described the aviation roadmap as a legacy project that would have an immense impact on the economy of the FCT and country as a whole.
Bello made the statement while receiving the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, who came on a courtesy visit to the nation’s capital.
He added that the project, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari and the FEC, will impact the country in areas of infrastructure development, job creation and contribution to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product, GDP.
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye Bello, the Minister revealed that work is ongoing to link the Abuja airport rail station to the main terminal.
He said: “What we have presently are coaches that were meant for the trial phase. But the real coaches in the beautiful Nigerian colour of green, white, green will be here shortly and ultimately, before the end of the year, we will have like 12 sets meant to run the entire route from the city up to the airport and with the spur to Bwari and Idu.
“Ultimately, by the time about two sets of coaches arrive, we intend to run an Airport Express which will just take you from the Abuja Metro Station at the Central Business District to the airport in 18 minutes.”
He further noted that the FCT administration is conscious of the aviation roadmap and is carrying out what he described as complementary infrastructure to be able to key into that.
Meanwhile, the minister commended the aviation ministry in its efforts to reposition the aviation sector and promised to provide the needed help to the aviation roadmap.
He stated that the project, if successfully executed, will have a multiplier effect in terms of employment generation, economic activities and, of course, also providing needed IGR for the people, either directly or indirectly from which the FCT stands to benefit more than any other community in the country.