Niger Gov To Send Bill To Assembly Over Minna-Suleja Road

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Niger State governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has disclosed that he will soon introduce weighing bridge law for heavy duty vehicles plying the roads in the state to the state House of Assembly even as he decried the destruction caused by the  heavy duty vehicles  to roads in the state.

Conducting a special inspection of Minna –Suleja  road with members of his  cabinet yesterday, the governor also called   for the enforcement of the weighing bridge for the country to elongate the lifespan of the roads.

He  stated that the  activities of the heavy duty vehicles have defeated the aim of spending N500 million by his administration for rehabilitation of Minna-Suleja road to give motorists interim relief from the bad state of the road.

Alhaji Bello  who was peeved by the damage done to the federal road of Minna –Suleja  he recently rehabilitated, stated that the heavy duty trucks  have prevented the positive impact of government spending of N500 million to rehabilitate the road.

The governor reiterated that  the Federal Ministry of Works should  enforce weighing bridges in the country if the life span of the  roads is expected to last .

The  governor further disclosed that in consultation with the State House of Assembly , he was poise to  introduce a weighing bridge bill to the assembly and when passed into law  any of the truck drivers  who violate the law will be arrested  and prosecuted.

According to him, the way trucks were overloaded, weighing between 40,000- 70,000 tones instead of the lawful maximum of between 30,000- 35,000 tones was very bad to the roads as shown by the condition of Minna-Suleja road.

He explained that  the Minna-Suleja  road was designed and  constructed to carry not more than  35,000 tones or litres adding that  the rehabilitation effort of the state government was aimed at reducing the hardship faced by the motorists and ensure  free flow of movement.

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