Gov.Abubakar Sani Bello
Niger State Government and critical stakeholders in the state have agreed to the closure of all state-owned roads to heavy trucks to preserve the roads and allow for the speedy completion of the ones under repairs including the Minna-Bida Road, saying it would reduce carnage on the roads.
Their position emerged after a meeting held at Government House, Minna, the state capital, between critical stakeholders and the Niger state government presided over by Ibrahim Balarabe, chairman, Infrastructure Project Monitoring Committee, who is also Chief of Staff to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
A restriction of movement of articulated trucks has been scheduled to take effect from September 15 on the following roads: Minna-Bida, Lapai-Paiko, Lapai-Muye, entrance of Zungeru-Wushishi, and Chanchaga Bridge-Maikunkele.
A statement issued by Mrs. Mary Noel-Berje, chief press secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state said the meeting agreed that the restriction of articulated vehicles on all the state government-owned roads has become necessary to draw the attention of relevant federal authorities to urgently fix deplorable federal roads in the state.
According to the statement, this is to allow for quick reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road awarded about six months ago, but which has not recorded appreciable progress due to the high volume of heavy duty vehicles.
The state government enjoined the stakeholders to partner with it to achieve the desired objective, while imploring the understanding of all and sundry, adding that such initiative comes with some inconveniences;
The state government, however, said that its action is in the best interest of the people.
Some of the stakeholders present at the meeting included Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque and Chairman Imam Forum Niger State, Mallam Ibrahim Isah Fari; Chairman, Christian Association Nigeria (CAN), Rev Matthias Echioda.
Others were an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji; members of the State House of Assembly Commissioners; Chairmen of the affected Local Government Areas; representatives of the road transport sector; representatives of security agencies and other top government functionaries.
The stakeholders pledged their support for the action taken by the state government, and made some suggestions to ensure its smooth implementation.