Niger govt expends N4b on Suleja-Minna

By Priscilla Campbell,
Minna Niger State government has lamented the poor state of the Suleja-Minna road.
He said that despite sinking over N4 billion in four years, it was still not motorable.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Abubakar Sadeeq Balarabe, in Minna confirmed that the state expended N4 billion in four years on the road and yet it was not enough.
He further disclosed that the Minna-Suleja road had already expired, just as the design outdated, hence the need for a total reconstruction.
"The life span of the 92 kilometer road is already expired, even the design life span is obsolete. For the past few years, but each time it is fixed, articulated vehicles destroy the roads. And so, the state government is reconstructing the roads. We have finished the 30 kilometer Kwakuti-Lambata road, and now we are facing the Kakaaki-Minna."
As a result of the two weeks constant holdup experienced along the Minna-Suleja road and also on Minna-Bida road, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Dani Bello, directed the state Ministry of Works to carry out emergency repairs of all the major bad portions along Suleja-Minna.
In view of the importance of the road, the scribe urged the Federal Government to reconsider the Minna-Suleja road due to its consistent usage than other approved road projects.

Balarabe attributed heavy articulated vehicles as one of the major cause of the persistent deplorable state of the roads.
He then assured that by early 2020, works for a dual carriage would commence on the 86 kilometer Bida-Minna road through a loan facility from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB)".

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