FCTA trains staff to take over Abuja lightrail from Chinese firm
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has commenced series of intensive technical training for its staff, who are integral part of Abuja Rail Mass Transit operations team.
Our correspondent reports that the training is part of arrangements for full takeover of the management of the Abuja rail, preparatory to the exit of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, CCECC in the next two and half years.
Speaking at the opening of the training in Idu, Assistant Director, Engr. Mustapha Mallumbi, FCT Transportation Secretariat said the essence of the training is for members of the FCT rail operations staff to boost their knowledge base of the system.
Mallumbi added that the training organised by CCECC will improve the safety of the rail system and patronage.
While recalling that actual operations of the rail commenced since July 13, 2018, said currently, it's a joint team operations and management by the CCECC and FCT Administration.
He disclosed that in the next two and half years to come, ARMT system, designed to cover the entire FCT and environs, which is over two hundred and thirty kilo meters, spread into six lots, will fully be in the hands of the locals.
"So far, what we have done is only lot 1A, Lot 3 that's about 45km, which covers the city centre through Idu to Airport; and from Idu to Kubwa," he stressed.
Also speaking, Deputy General Manager, Rail Operations Department, CCECC Nigeria Ltd, Tom Tang, said the training is core part of the arrangements for the technical transfer of ARMT operations and management to the local staff, to let them master all the necessary skills and knowledge to completely manage it.
He said after the training which will last for three months, more trainings will follow saying, "we have a lot of equipment in the system which the local staff needed to know how to operate and manage effectively".
On her part, Assistant Director, Electrical, Transportation Secretariat, Engr Chika Ifesi, who is part of the FCTA rail operations team, described the training as apt and a welcome development, because it enables FCTA, Nigeria Railway Corporation, NRC, and CCECC to work together as a team.
Her words: "We have to be trained together, so that we have the same approach to the system, processes, challenges and solutions.
"We felt that there is a need for all team members to sit together and learn intensively for months, so that in the coming years, our people will be able to take over the management of the entire system, when the Chinese exit, to probably build more lots.
"The trainings cover every area that are relevant for the effective operations of the rail system. Most of the people, especially the FCT team have been trained all over the world; Dubai, Malaysia, London and China, so expect that we will deliver effective service".