Niger state Government plans to restrict heavy-duty vehicles from plying the Minna-Bida road to ensure speedy completion of the road project, Chairman, Infrastructure Project Monitoring Committee, Ibrahim Balarabe, has said.
He disclosed this when he led the monitoring team on a fact- finding mission to ascertain factors responsible for the slow pace of work on the road project.
The team noted that unless the restriction is made, the pace of work on the road would be slow, pointing out that the heavy trucks have become a source of distraction to the contractor handling the project, thereby causing setback to the efforts of the state government towards ensuring speedy completion of the project.
A statement signed by Mrs. Mary Noel-Berge, chief press secretary (CPS), to Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, said the team was informed that the ongoing rainfall is militating against the progress of the project.
The chairman of the monitoring team assured members of the public that the state government was committed to the project, adding that the contractor has been mobilized, and has also moved to site.
He urged the people to exercise more patience, as well as give maximum cooperation to the government to ensure the success of the project, adding that the government will consult the relevant stakeholders following which a window period would be given, and thereafter no articulated vehicle would be allowed to pass through the Minna-Bida, and Lapai-Paiko-Minna roads,
Balarabe explained that the Mokwa-Tegina-Birnin Gwari and Bida-Agaie-Lambata roads owned by the federal government, are open for all heavy-duty equipment.
He called on the federal government to immediately fix the federal roads in the state.
The Project Manager, Minna-Bida Road, Dantata and Sowoe, Mr. Fahir Ibrahim, lamented that efforts to complete work on the road were being hampered by heavy-duty vehicles.
He explained that despite the barricades put on some portions of the road to allow the work to progress, the articulated vehicles always run into the portion, with some getting stuck there, adding that if the traffic is not reduced to the minimum, they will continue to suffer setbacks on the construction project.
The Project Manager acknowledged the importance attached to the road by Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello, and the need for them to deliver a timely quality road without compromise.
The Committee also visited the Main Yard that houses the equipment for the road construction.