Gov. Otti to Launch Light Rail Construction In Abia

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Gov. Otti of Abia State has disclosed ongoing discussions between his administration and a Chinese company to initiate a light rail construction project that will span the entire South Eastern states.

During an interview on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’ programme on Thursday, February 29, 2024, this plan was brought to light by the governor.

Otti said the light rail construction project is currently in the design phase, after which commercial considerations will follow.

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Moreover, Otti had pledged to undertake the construction of a light rail system in the state if elected While campaigning for office during the 2023 elections.

The Governor said the process for realisation is currently in motion and this seems as a move towards fulfilling that promise.

In his words, he said:
“We are discussing with a Chinese company and the discussions are going on well. It is not going to be easy, but it is going to be done.

“It is not something that you will just start and finish today.”

Gov. Otti stated that the proposed light rail will come to fruition, stressing his commitment to seeing the project to successful completion.

The designs are being done. “We will move from there to commercial issues and at the end of the day we will do it,” he added.

Nevertheless, the Governor stated that the design for the light rail system is currently being developed, after which the focus will shift towards addressing the commercial aspects.

Gov. Otti’s disclosure came on the same day the Lagos State Government unveiled Phase One of its Red Line rail service, which runs from Agbado to Oyingbo with eight train stations.

This will be a significant, groundbreaking feat in Africa’s most populous country If this plan comes to fruition.

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