The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a contract to provide security services to the Abuja Rail Mass Transit Phase 1 (Lots 3 and 1A) for a total cost of N718,193,250 million.

Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, made this known after the FEC meeting on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 in the presidential villa, Abuja.

According to the minister, the contract was awarded to two security service providers, namely Messrs. Al-Ahli Security Guards Ltd, for an amount of N407.214 million, covering a distance of 27.245 kilometers and comprising eight railway stations and Messrs. Segad Security Protective Company Ltd. , at the cost of N310,979,250 million, over a distance of 18 kilometers, consisting of four stations.

In a statement to journalists in Abuja by his Chief Press Secretary, Anthony Ogunleye, the minister explained that the scope of the contract, which will run for a period of two years, includes the protection of the railways, the infrastructure of the communications and control center, as well as electrical and signaling equipment.

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Acting Secretary, Transport Secretariat of FCT, Usman Musa Yahaya, while providing more details about the contract, explained that the provision of emergency security services to the railways became necessary after the destruction of sections of the track.

Yahaya recalled that following the commissioning of the Abuja Rail Mass Transit operation in June 2018, the provision of rail services continued until the nationwide lockdown triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He regretted that, vandals took advantage of the closure and destroyed some of the railway facilities.

Yahaya said: “This approval is therefore a very good one for the FCT as it will make a big contribution to securing the track.”

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