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Federal executive Council Approves N718m Contract To Secure Abuja Rail Tracks

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N718.19 million to secure the 45-kilometre Abuja rail tracks and stations.

This was made known by Minister of the FCT Mohammed Bello during a rundown after the FEC assembly  on Wednesday 24 August  in Abuja.

Mohammed Bello told the reporters during the  assembly. “In the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting of today, I presented a memo and the council approved a contract to two companies for the provision of security services for the Abuja Light Rail Mass Transit System,”

“These companies are Messrs Al-Ahali Security Guards Limited and Messrs Seaguard Security and Protective Company Limited” the  minister said.

“Al-Ahali Security Guard Limited is going to secure 27.4 kilometres of the track, covering eight stations at the cost of N407,214,000 over a two-year period, while Seaguard Securities and Protective Company Limited are going to secure 18 kilometres of the rail tracks including four railway stations and that is at a cost of N310,979,250.”
The Federal Government’s recent move followed an attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line which led to the suspension of operations.

“They are going to provide security to the entire 45 kilometres of track including 12 stations.

“And these security services are meant to protect the key infrastructure on the rail tracks, the signaling and communication equipment as well as the electrical system” he said.

 

During the incident in the month of march , gunmen had planted explosives and attacked the passengers .  This led Federal Government refusal on recommencing  train services within the area.

Minister of Transportation Muazu Sambo said such a move will be termed inconsiderate to the families whose loved members are in captivity of the kidnappers ,hence the refusal to reinstate the rail.