Abuja could be about to see an increase in visitor numbers after it was announced that the government is to splash out on two new ferries. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) revealed that it will spend N$623.5 million on the acquisition of two modern ferries. According to informationnigeria.org, the purchase of these boats will "promote waterways transportation, boost economic activities and reduce pressure on other modes". Information minister Labaran Maku told the news provider that it will also create employment. "Considering the rate at which the city is growing, council approved the development of phase II of District I Abuja North Phase IV West, in favour of Messrs Salini Nig. Ltd for N25.95 billion, thereby bringing the total contract sum for the project to N52.609 billion with a completion period of 48 months, the approval was given following a memo by the FCT Minister," he added. It comes after it was revealed Abuja's light railway line is to be completed this year.