The plan by the Federal Capital Authority to provide the much needed alternative means of transport for Abuja residents within the city next year, may not materialise after all.
This is because the Abuja Light Rail System project expected to provide alternative means of transport is at the mercy of vandals.
According to Channels Television unknown persons are digging up and carting away communication cables buried along the rail tracks.
The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Musa Bello, told the Television station that “cables are being vandalised” adding that “two weeks ago, vandals dug out cables and cut them off.
“This is something government cannot do alone, because we have deployed members of the civil defence along the tracks and in the city, but citizens also have to be conscious of that”, he said.
According to the minister, the Abuja light rail project, which is now 70 per cent done would be completed by December 31, 2017.
The first phase of the project which is said to be about 70 percent complete will link the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport with Abuja city centre.