FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello, has advised residents of the Federal Capital Territory to leverage on the advantages that the newly commissioned Abuja-Kaduna standard gauge rail line would bring to the area when it becomes fully operational.
The minister gave this advice when he paid an unscheduled visit to Kubwa Satellite Town in Bwari Area Council Wednesday.
Malam Bello observed that the communities stand to gain tremendously from various business opportunities, which the railway will bring to the area.
The minister, however, warned that they must imbibe the culture of environmental cleanliness as a way of ensuring visitors passing through their area leave with good impression.
According to him, “these communities by their virtue of playing host to the railway lines and stations, have the unique opportunities of witnessing increased business activities, which could bring tremendous development to the area within a short time frame”.
The minister specifically stated that: “Kubwa being much closer to the expressway as well as the point before the final station at Idu, chances are that most passengers would embark and disembark in this satellite town, with its attendant effects on economic activities”.
He emphasized that, “if these communities handle the environment well, they could witness tremendous development within the next few years.”
“Before you know it, the whole of this place will become good commercial area and the land values here will all appreciate. So, your people will benefit and you are going to get a lot of revenue and employment opportunities,” the Minister reiterated.
The minister, therefore, urged the area councils’ authorities to cleanup and beautify the environment by planting attractive trees to make it conducive for those coming to Abuja by rail, especially considering that it would be their first point of contact.
Responding, the Chairman of Bwari Area Council, Mr. Musa Diko appreciated the thoughtfulness of the minister to wake them up of their responsibility.
He promised to immediately move in to clean up the areas using community efforts to ensure that the people own the project.