Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello, has bemoaned the deplorable state of roads in the state.
Speaking to State House correspondents after a behind-closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, at the State House, Abuja, on Friday, he noted that motorists and commuters are going through hell plying the roads.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Noel-Berje, Bello said the state government would close down the Minna-Bida Road to articulated vehicles as nothing had yet to be done two weeks after the state and federal governments agreed in a meeting to provide immediate emergency intervention.
He also lamented that over 150 communities had been submerged by water, while the popular Sunti Sugar Farm had been destroyed by flood.
The governor said he informed Buhari of the damage caused by flood in 22 out of the 25 local government areas of the state.
“At the moment, we have over 150 communities under water in Niger State — thousands of hectares of land have been washed away and major investments like the Sunti sugar are completely under water,” he stated.
Bello sought urgent presidential intervention in the rehabilitation of failed roads in the state to ease the difficulties faced by motorists.
“I paid a visit to Mr President to extend my greetings and wishes for the independence anniversary and I also seized the opportunity to discuss some issues that affect Niger State, especially the state of roads,” Bello said.
“At the moment, we are facing difficult times because the rains are quite heavy. Most sections of the roads have failed completely and there is a need to have some quick intervention to ease the difficulties experienced by motorists in highways. So, I took time to brief Mr President on what is happening and what I think can be done in the interim to address some of these issues.
“We were forced to close Minna-Bida Road because the contractor on site had complained that the work in progress was very slow as a result of heavy movement of trucks on that road.
“As you are aware, that road was built for light vehicles, so we were forced to shut down Minna-Bida Road.”