Good roads is one of the basic necessities of life to rural dwellers, as it provides them easy access to fundamental services and facilities such as markets, hospitals and schools among others.
It is against this backdrop that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State, commissioned 43kms double coated surface dressed rural roads connecting Suleja-Abuchi-Izom and Farindoki-Old Gawu communities in Suleja and Gurara local government areas, Niger East Senatorial District of the state as part of 235kms rural roads project.
Governor Sani Bello explained that the double coated surface dressing of the rural roads rehabilitated by Rural Access Mobility Projects (RAMP2), became necessary in order to ensure that the roads are more enduring, so as to promote economic growth of farmers and other rural dwellers and provide them with all-year-round access to basic services including markets, healthcare centres and educational institutions.
He disclosed that the state government has institutionalised rural roads maintenance activities by engaging the rural people along the corridors of the roads, for the management and maintenance of the roads, adding that it is a legacy hoped to be enshrined in the governance of the state.
The governor expressed optimism that with the increased access to rural roads, farmers who were hitherto faced with difficulties of sourcing and transporting key inputs, such as seeds and fertilisers to their farms and evacuating their harvests to the local and regional markets, will now breath a sigh of relief.
“Our overall target is to improve the capacity of our farmers to get the best out of their farms and sell products competitively in the markets; which is a prerequisite for sustainable rural development,” he said.
While appreciating the commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development and the coordinator of Niger State RAMP2 Project and his team for their uncommon commitment and sense of responsibility towards the completion of the projects, the governor assured the citizens of his continued commitment to infrastructural development in the state and to give adequate attention to the plight of rural dwellers.
The governor enjoined the leaders and all the community members, to remain vigilant and protective of the project to ensure long benefits of the roads.
In his remarks, the commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development Haliru Zakari Jikantoro, said the roads link over 30 communities, pointing out that six rural roads of about 235kms spread across the state, were selected for double coated surface dressing.
The commissioner maintained that the roads will no doubt contribute immensely towards boosting the socio-economic activities of the benefiting communities and will further help to reduce post-harvest losses thereby increasing food security in the state.
The governor equally inspected 45m (3 span). The Suleja-Abuchi-Izom Road is 21kms while that of Farindoki-Old Gawu Road is 22kms.
Abubakar Mohammed, Nasiru Kano and Fatima Mohammed who spoke on behalf of the benefiting communities, expressed gratitude to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello for the roads, saying that he has brought an end to their many years of suffering due to lack of good access roads.
Similarly, Governor Sani Bello said development of critical infrastructure is cardinal to the regeneration of the state economy, as a way of attracting investors to the state.
Governor Sani Bello stated this at the commissioning of the 2.4km Broadcasting Dual Carriageway in Minna and 7.5MVA injection sub-station, Paiko.
He said since the inception of his administration, provision of infrastructure has remained one of his priorities and he will continue to provide infrastructures that have direct bearing on the people, as well as stimulate economic growth in the state.
The governor disclosed that the Broadcasting Road was constructed at the cost of over N1.3bn, adding that the road would open up new areas, ease vehicular movement, reduce accidents, beautify the environment and afford people opportunities to increase socio-economic activities in the area.
“For us to attract investments into the state, we need to have good infrastructural system in place that guarantees access to the market and other factors of production,” he said.
The governor revealed that his administration has constructed over 40 civil engineering projects, 80 mechanical/electrical projects, while 30 public buildings have been built across the state among other projects.
He reaffirmed that despite the daunting economy and security challenge, the state government will continue to provide dividends of democracy to the people.
“Let me assure Nigerlites, that this government will sustain the momentum of delivering projects that have direct bearing on daily activities of the people,” he said.
According to the governor, most projects started from the beginning of this government in 2015, with most of them completed and already being put to use, while others are still ongoing.
Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bawa acknowledged that the project being commissioned has demonstrated that the governor is on the right direction and appreciated the good working relationship existing between the executive and legislative arm of government.
Earlier on, commissioner of Works and Infrastructural Development, Mamman Musa said the Broadcasting Dual Carriageway was constructed under the N25bn SUKUK private bond programme captured in 2019 and 2020 appropriation laws.
According to him, the project include: payments of compensation and relocation of utilities such as water mine’s and electricity installations.
“The scope of the project include: milling of existing bituminous surface, concrete works in median, side drains, laterite in sub-base, crushed stone base and asphalt is concrete binder and finishing,” he said.
Musa said that the administration initiated 299 projects with 165 completed, explaining that Minna has 12 new roads already in use.