San Francisco cable car ‘big’ 19 on a test run. (Muni
The 29 May saw the relaunch of metro service, with free travel to be provided until the end of 2024. 
 
The metro was first commissioned in 2018, but suspended with the onset of the COVID pandemic. Now the USD 30M outstanding to China Civil Engineering Construction has been paid and the 12 trains released to carry passengers, although only 14 round trips/day are being operated initially. 
 
The 42.5km standard-gauge line connects the capital’s satellite towns and the airport with the city centre and has 12 stations. 
 
The opening ceremony was preformed by President Bola Tina, who said, 
 
“As we gather to commemorate the first anniversary of my administration, we are also celebrating the fruits of collaboration, dedication, progress, and foresightedness. 
 
The Abuja Metro was inherited by my administration from my predecessor. It was first commissioned in 2018 for public use, but this was not to be. COVID-19 struck. The train service was abandoned, vandalised, disused, and abused. 
 
When we came into office, as part of my desire to have a functional and flourishing FCT with efficient public infrastructure and transportation systems that will serve the people who live and work within the city and the surrounding communities. 
 
I made a public request and a challenge to the Minister, Nyesom Wike. Then, I did not know that he would be able to deliver this project on time. I said, ‘Do not give me land, Mr. Landlord’. He gave me the assurance that I will be able to ride on the metro line, and I am very proud that today you delivered on that promise.” 
Abuja metro trains on the elevated structure. (Xinhua) 
 
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