Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello has as soon as once more threatened to shut down the Minna-Bida freeway and the state-owned roads to heavy trailers, tankers and different articulated automobiles, following the collapse on Wednesday of two bridges within the state.
These affected embody the Kateregi bridge alongside Minna-Bida freeway and the Zungeru bridge alongside Bida-Wushishi-Zungeru highway
This menace is coming for the second time in three weeks after the expiration of the 2 weeks window interval given to the federal authorities to hold out some emergency work on the Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata highway.
The collapse of the 2 bridges on Wednesday is alleged to have resulted in heavy gridlock alongside the 2 routes with over 2,000 commuters stranded.
It will be recalled that two weeks in the past, Bello closed all of the state-owned roads to trailers, vans and different articulated automobiles because of their deplorable situations to allow contractors dealing with the development work on the Minna-Bida freeway pace up the mission.
However, two days later, the Governor accepted to reopen them after an attraction by the federal authorities to permit an uninterrupted provide of petroleum merchandise to the North with a promise to undertake an emergency restore of the Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata highway to serve instead route.
After inspecting the intervention work on the dangerous spot on the Minna-Suleja highway to cut back the plight of travellers, the governor stated the state authorities can have no alternative however to shut down the Minna-Bida highway to heavy automobiles.
He stated,” We’ll shut the roads down any second from now to allow the contractor return to work. This time round, there will probably be no going again till the Minna-Bida highway is mounted. Two weeks have handed and nothing has been achieved, the scenario has remained the identical. You may see that the scenario is getting worse day by day and we’re operating out of endurance.”
“It’s because the federal authorities has didn’t fulfil its a part of the settlement for the reopening of the highway. We agreed with the federal authorities that the state authorities ought to reopen the roads and provides them two weeks to allow them perform some emergency restore work on the Bida-Lapai-Lambata highway in order to ease strain on the Minna-Bida highway and to additionally enable the contractors do their work,” Bello added.