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Blockage: We’ll open Minna-Bida Road only after rehabilitation- Official

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Blockage: We’ll open Minna-Bida Road only after rehabilitation- Official

Malam Abdullahi Mohammed, a tanker driver at the protest in Bida, said on Friday that the state government’s blockade of the road for the past six months has made Bida / Lapai’s already poor roads worse. Lambata that they were managing as an alternative route. .

They have vowed not to remove their vehicles until the government reopens the road for heavy goods vehicles.

According to Idris, “The Niger state government has so far committed a huge amount of money to rebuilding the Minna-Bida road, and the project is being managed by one of the best indigenous construction companies for guarantee that we achieve the highest standard possible. .

“As the reconstruction progresses, however, the heavy vehicles that constantly use the road are known to reverse the progress made by damaging the section of the part of the road that has been repaired.

“This is what motivated the decision of the government of the State of Niger to close the road to heavy goods vehicles. The tanker drivers in turn responded by taking the laws into their own hands and blocking the Minna-Bida and Lambata-Lapai-Bida road entirely, making it completely impossible for small vehicles to circulate.

“Governor Abubakar Sani Bello’s administration is determined that construction of the road continues and as such opening the Minna-Bida road to heavy commercial vehicles is not an option at this time. because it would destroy everything the government has done and the taxpayers. “Money would be wasted redoing what has already been done,” he said.

He called on the federal government to help the people of the state and the country by repairing the trunk “A” of the Lambata-Lapai-Bida road and the Jenna-Birnin Gwari-Kaduna road to solve the problem of heavy vehicles regularly damaging the Minna- route to Bida.

“As it stands, the entire section of all roads in Niger State is suffering from these heavy vehicles.

“Only a few months ago these same vehicles completely destroyed the Minna-Zungeru road, they also destroyed the Bida-Zungeru road and are now seeking to destroy the ongoing works on the Minna-Bida road.

“The state government will not allow this,” he said.

The commissioner explained that the state was the gateway between the north and the southwest, saying that “it is home to the highest stretch of federal roads in the country, but the state’s federal roads have been mostly neglected.

“The state government continues to devote limited resources to national ‘A’ roads, even though it also faces several challenges which are primarily its duty in Niger state government. “

He called on the federal government to step in and complement the state government in building road infrastructure across the state.

“Instead of the state government allocating more money to rehabilitating national ‘A’ roads, with a backlog of other state responsibilities awaiting intervention, all stakeholders need to take action. hand to appeal to the federal government to understand the conditions of the road.

“There is no denying the setbacks caused by the deteriorated condition of these roads.

“The state has quite limited resources so there is no better time to get the attention of the federal government to intervene than now,” he said.

Source: NAN

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