Gov. Abubakar Sani Bello: FG yet to provide emergency intervention on the roads
Niger state Government may rescind its decision to re-open the Minna-Bida road to heavy trucks, SummitNews has learnt.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mary Noel-Berje, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, of Niger state.
According to the statement, Gov. Sani Bello disclosed this while touring some of the federal and state government-owned roads in the state.
The governor said his administration will again order the closure of the Minna-Bida road to articulated vehicles following the federal government’s failure to honour its agreement with the state government to provide immediate emergency intervention especially on Bida-Lapai-Lambata and Mokwa-Tegina- Birnin-Gwari trunk A roads.
According to the governor, the agreement reached at a meeting with the federal government two weeks ago, include supporting the state government to repair the remaining part of the Minna-Suleja road, particularly from Farin Doki-Minna, saying it formed the basis for the earlier temporal re-opening of the closed road.
Some of the roads inspected by the governor include Minna-Suleja, Minna-Bida and Minna-Zungeru-Kontagora roads.
While inspecting the Minna-Suleja road, the governor pointed out that the portion between Lambata-Farin Doki reconstructed by the state government constitute part of its efforts to make the road motorable.
He added that the state government is yet to be reimbursed by the federal government, even as he assured the people that his administration will continue to make necessary repairs on roads in the state to make life easier for road users.
Gov. Sani Bello lamented that some of the articulated vehicles that ply the road apart from carrying more than the approved weight are not roadworthy, thus causing gridlock and unnecessary hardship to the people.
On the Minna-Bida road, Governor Sani Bello said he remained focused on reconstructing the road but that the road will again be closed down to articulated vehicles since the State Government is yet to see the intervention of the Federal Government as agreed, adding that closing down the road will speed up the project and avoid wasting of resources.
He noted that the Minna-Bida at the moment, needs urgent attention as the portion between Sabon Daga and Kataeregi has collapsed due to the heavy traffic flow of articulated vehicles on the road.
Similarly, there is gridlock along Minna-Kontagora Road particularly between Baban Gada and Anguwan Balbela as trailers and petrol tankers have been stuck on the muddy part of the road.
The governor bemoaned the slow process of releasing fund to contractors handling construction of federal roads in the state, saying, it is a major obstacle towards the execution of the projects.
Some of the heavy truck drivers who spoke to journalists urged government at all levels to expedite action in fixing the roads as they have lost their valuables and their vehicles damaged on the roads.
They also appealed to the federal government to urgently fix the trunk A roads in the state, especially the Bida-Lapai-Lambata, and the Mokwa-Tegina-Birnin Gwari as these roads are their major routes.