Niger govt bans heavy duty trucks on state-owned roads

By Valentine Amanze

Heavy duty trucks, henceforth, will nolonger ply the state-owned roads in Niger State.

The measure would preserve and allow for the speedy completion of those under repairs like the Minna-Bida road, according to the state government.

The stakeholders and the state government and reached the agreement after their meeting in Minna, the state capital.

They also agreed that the measure would reduce carnage on the roads.

The meeting, presided by the Chairman, Infrastructure Project Monitoring Committee and the Chief of Staff to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Mr. Ibrahim Balarabe, pointed out that the restriction of movement of articulated trucks would take effect from September 15, 2020.

According to a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, the affected roads include: Minna-Bida, Lapai-Paiko, Lapai-Muye, entrance of Zungeru-Wushishi, and Chanchaga Bridge-Maikunkele.

The meeting agreed that the ban was necessary to draw the attention of relevant federal authorities to urgently fix deplorable federal roads in the state.

“This is to allow for quick reconstruction of the Minna-Bida Road, awarded about six month ago, but not making appreciable progress due to the high volume of heavy duty vehicles,” it stated.

Besides, the state government enjoined the stakeholders to partner with it to achieve the desired objective, while imploring the understanding of all and sundry.

It pointed out that such initiative comes with some inconveniences, while assuring that it was in the best interest of the people.

Some of the stakeholders present at the meeting included Chief Imam of Minna Central Mosque and Chairman Imam Forum Niger State, Mallam Ibrahim Isah Fari; Chairman, Christian Association Nigeria (CAN), Rev Matthias Echioda; All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji; members of the State House of Assembly; Commissioners; Chairmen of the affected local government areas; representatives of the road transport sector; representatives of security agencies and other top government functionaries.

The stakeholders, however, applauded the initiative, pledged their support and made suggestions to ensure the smooth implementation of the proposal.

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