The Niger State government has advised motorists to keep off the Minna-Bida road following ongoing road construction.
The government said it has closed down the Minna-Bida state-owned road to articulated vehicles due to its deplorable condition and to allow for speedy reconstruction of the road as directed by the state governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Mary Noel Berje said the official closure of the road took place with a barricade to stop the heavy trucks from accessing the road in Bida. She said the closure of the road was coming after the state government had announced earlier that the exercise would take effect from midnight Tuesday.
According to her, the Minna-Bida road, which has witnessed incessant breakdown of articulated vehicles on the road, has caused untold hardship on commuters.
Other roads closed are: Lapai-Paiko, Chanchaga Bridge-Maikunkele, Muye-Lapai, and Zungeru – Wushishi roads.
She said the government has assured that the restriction of articulated vehicles on the state-owned roads would be effective as series of critical stakeholders meetings have been held and the stakeholders are in support of the decision stressing that the closure only affects the state-owned roads.
Government however enjoined its citizens to show some level of understanding as it is not unaware of the inconveniences the restriction will cause, but it is in the over all interest of the state.
She said the chairman of the Infrastructure and Monitoring Committee who is also the chief of staff to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe in company of other team members that cut across
relevant ministries, departments and parastatals carried out the
closure on behalf of the state government.