- A road connecting Katsina state to Maradi in Niger Republic will be ready in six months time
- The road is being constructed by the Katsina state government under the Aminu Bello Masari administration
- Maradi had earlier benefitted from a rail line from Nigeria which extends all the way to the Niger Republic
The Katsina government has commenced the construction of the over N900 million Jibia-Jibiyar Maje-Tashar Aibo road which will connect the northwest state to Maradi in the Niger Republic.
The Nigerian Tribune reports that officials of the two countries met at Jibia to signify the start of the three kilometres road project which the Katsina governor Aminu Bello Masari promised to undertake on behalf of the state government.
Biyaminu Muhammad Albaba, the permanent secretary ministry of works, housing and transport, in the state, said the governor decided to embark on the road project to provide easy linkage between the communities along the borders and boost economic and social activities amongst them.
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According to him, the three-kilometre road would be fully asphalted and involve the construction of a three-span bridge and some hydraulic structures, adding that the road project is expected to be completed within six months.
Alhaji Abdullahi Mamman, the leader of government delegation from Maradi in the Niger Republic, in his remark, commended the Katsina state governor for offering to connect the road to the surfaced dressed road already constructed by the Nigerien government.
He expressed optimism that the road will further cement the already existing cordial relationship between the government and people of the two states, and as well boost economic development.
Meanwhile, what could have turned out to be a successful coup plot in Niger Republic was thwarted by gallant soldiers after gunshots were heard near the presidential palace at Niamey on Wednesday, March 31.
The development is triggering suspicion that a coup plot is about to unfold just days to the inauguration of the president-elect, Mohamed Bazoum.
Reacting to the coup attempt, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, March 31, stated that any illegal effort to depose a democratically elected government is despicable.