- The federal government has said that the Abuja light rail project was abandoned by the previous administration
- It said President Buhari's order about infrastructure is that all of the projects that are important and have been abandoned must be completed
- The government says it is really committed in making sure that infrastructure project are taken very seriously
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) abandoned the light rail project which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking at the presidential quarterly business forum at the State House on Monday, July 16, Osinbajo said the government had promised to complete all ongoing abandoned projects.
Leadership reports that the vice president said accusations by the leadership of the PDP that the Bihari-led administration is taking glory for projects by former President Goodluck Jonathan holds no water.
Osinbajo said: “For Mr. President getting the infrastructure done is a passion for him and one instruction he has given about infrastructure is that we must complete all of the projects that are important and that have been abandoned."
“He said we must complete before we start anything new, so not only are we investing more in infrastructure in the history of this country, the largest amount of money are being invested in infrastructure today but we are also ensuring that we complete the projects.
"Look at the Kaduna to the Abuja road, the railway, it started many many years but we concluded it when we came it.
"Abuja light rail started in 2007, it was stalled in 2010, the whole point of the Abuja light rail was to meet the commonwealth games in 2014, that was why it was started but it was abandoned, we just completed it in 2018. Although our opponents criticize us, they say we are shameless for even completing the project.
"I mean sometimes I find it very difficult to understand where people are coming from. We are really committed in making sure that infrastructure project are taken very seriously and they are completed. Look at the Mambilla project it’s 40 years old."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the Abuja light rail project on Thursday, July 12.
The project was commissioned by the president after it was delayed and awarded since 2007.
NAIJ.com gathered that the first phase of Abuja Light Rail mass transit covering 12 stations within the metropolis.
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