Unbelievable! You Won’t Believe Why This Governor Is Begging FG (Read Why)

The governor of Niger state Abubakar Bello has pleaded with the federal government to complete the abandoned dualization of the Suleja-Minna road.

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The governor said the state government has already tried to maintain the road but all its efforts have not yielded the desired results.

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The governor of Niger state Abubakar Bello has pleaded with the federal government to complete the abandoned dualization of the Suleja-Minna road.

Speaking during the inspection of a section of the road at Bonu village in Gurara local government area, the governor expressed concern over the condition of the road.

He said there is need for an urgent federal government attention on the road.

“Even though, it is a federal road, we have tried as a state Government to fix it. Indeed, I directed continuous maintenance of the road, but due to high volume of traffic, heavy duty vehicles and age of the road, it didn’t last long,” Bello said.

Bello also decried the long time needed for motorists to access the road which dualization project started six years ago.

He said:-

“It is absolutely necessary that Federal government through ministry of works intervene as a matter of priority.

Ordinarily the journey from Minna to Abuja which is about 1 hour 30 minutes, now takes over 3 hours resulting in discomfort, and waste of human resources.”

Bello also said the Niger state government has in its effort tried to maintain the road but all its efforts have not yielded the desired results.

He urged the federal government to fast track actions through budgetary allocation to enable the contractors to complete the jobs on the road.

However, the speaking on the road project, the project manager Paolo Campanella said inadequate funding led to the slow pace of the construction process.

He said that only 20% of the required fund has been released the project started.

“The project is suffering inadequate budgetary provision. Only 20 percent of funds have so far been released.

The total cost of the project Phase I and Phase II, is N34 billion, but in six years only N6 billion was released which is inadequate,” Campanella said.

He also commended the governor’s interest on the completion of the road saying: “This is a project of 30 months duration.

Phase I was awarded at end of 2010 and supposed to be completed in July, 2013 now the time has elapsed redoubling the contract period.”

“Phase II, was awarded in February 2015, although, there was no mobilisation to kick-start the work and largely due to the outstanding debt we have in phase I, we couldn’t go ahead with the project,” he said.

Also, a former caretaker chairman, Gurara local government, Yakubu Garba, and district head of Bonu, Alhaji Ibrahim Baba Shaba thanked the governor for all state effort to maintain the road.

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