Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state.
Niger state Government says it will not go back on the restriction order placed on heavy trucks plying the state-owned roads which took effect on September 15, 2020
In statement signed by Mary Noel-Berge, chief press secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state, the government maintained that its decision to close down all state government-owned roads was done within the confines of law.
It further said that adequate consultations and sensitization with relevant stakeholders were made, and a two-week notice was also served to the general public as well as relevant road transport organizations before the roads were barricaded.
The state government added that it will not relent on it oars to ensure that the state-owned roads are not accessed by articulated vehicles, adding, however, that the heavy trucks are free to use all the Federal roads that transverse the state.
According to the state government, beyond the current closure to fast-track the reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road, measures would be evolved such as weigh-bridges to ensure that the movements of articulated vehicles on the stat- owned roads are regulated to avoid heavy flow of traffic beyond the capacity of the roads.
The statement enjoined the Federal government to rise up to the occasion and do the needful on some of the Federal roads in the state, if not all.
The Chairman of the Infrastructure, Project Monitoring and Implementation Committee who is also the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Ibrahim Balarabe, while briefing journalists on behalf of the state government, reaffirmed government’s position on the matter.
“There is no going back on Niger state government’s decision on the ban on articulated trucks from plying the state-owned roads. We still stand on our position and will not relent on that. Our roads still remain closed to articulated trucks,” he stated.