Lawmakers seek N50bn for Niger roads’ repairs

Lawmakers seek N50bn for Niger roads’ repairs

- The federal government has been urged to provide a special fund of N50 billion for the repair of roads in Niger state

- The demand for the special fund was made by lawmakers of the House of Representatives

- According to the lawmakers, the fund should be provided to the relevant agency through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund

Lawmakers of the House of Representatives have called for the repair of roads in Niger state.

The lawmakers at the plenary on Thursday, November 7, urged the federal government to provide a special fund of N50 billion for the repair of the roads in Niger state.

According to the lawmakers, the fund should be provided to the relevant agency through the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund.

In a motion filed by a lawmaker of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sa'idu Abdullahi (Niger state) said contracts have been awarded for some rods like Bida-Lambata, Minna-Suleja, Mokwa-Tegina-Makera-Kaduna.

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Abdullahi, in the motion co-sponsored by eight other lawmakers from Niger state said the bid was awarded to different construction firms for the purpose.

He said the completion periods for the repairs were stretching over 18 to 36 months and have since elapsed.

According to him, the work done so far has not exceeded 20 per cent completion since the contract was awarded.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has said that unlike what is portrayed by many, Nigerian roads are not as bad.

Fashola while speaking with State House correspondents after the Federal Executive meeting heading by vice president Yemi Osinbajo said the council had approved the construction of Bida-Sachi-Nupeko road.

Fashola also noted that the contract was earlier awarded in 2013 but was stooped because of non-performance as it was re-valuated and awarded again.

“It didn’t have a bridge then so we have added the bridge now and approved for N58.488 billion and is expected to take 30 months to complete," Fashola said.

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