- The state of road in Niger is a source of worry to the state governor
- According to him, people in the state are going through hell as a result of the bad roads
- Going further, the governor also lamented the devastation caused by flood in the state
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Briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the state of roads in his state, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Friday bemoaned the deplorable conditions of roads in the state, saying that motorists and commuters plying the roads are “going through hell”.
The governor, who spoke to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with the president at the State House, Abuja, said he also briefed the president on the damage caused by flood in 22 out of the 25 Local Government Areas of the state.
Bello, who said the president sympathized with the inhabitants and those passing through the state, sought for urgent presidential intervention in the rehabilitation of failed roads in the state.
“At the moment, we are facing difficult times because the rains are quite heavy, most sections of the roads have failed completely and there is need to have some quick intervention to ease the difficulties being experienced by motorists in highways.
“We were forced to close Mina-Bida road because the contractor on site had complained that the work in progress was very slow as a result of heavy movement of trucks on that road. As you are aware that road was built for light vehicles, so we were forced to shut down Minna-Bida road.
“Eventually, we had to open it so that we don’t create hardship to other parts of the country, especially the Northern states.
“But at the moment, we have two failed sections of the Minna-Bida road and one failed section of Minna-Tekna road which has brought about the complete blockage of that road.
The governor stressed the need to provide alternative routes between South West and Northern parts of the states, saying attention should be given to the Jebba-Mokwa-Kagara-Tegna-Pandogri-Kaduna road.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that as Nigeria marks 60 years of nationhood, Delta State governor, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, has called on the federal government to embark on a total reconstruction of the Benin-Warri highway saying the road has collapsed.
He also urged the government to give urgent attention to the Agbor-Eku road within the state, which he said is also in a deplorable condition.
The governor made the call at an interdenominational thanksgiving service at Government House Chapel, Asaba, on Thursday, October 1 to mark the independence anniversary of the country.
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