The Niger State SSG, Alh. Ahmed Matane led a delegation of Senior State officials to Federal Ministry of works. The team which consists of Commissioners for Works, Hon. Mamman Musa; Information, Alh. Muhammad Sani Idris, Permanent Secretary Ministry for Works, Dr. Imam, Director Civil Engineering of the Ministry, Engr Tanko Ahmed was received by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry for Works, Alh. Babangida Hussaini; the Director of Special Project Unit, Dr. Aisha Ndayako; Director of Federal Highways, Engr. Folorunsho Essan and the Director North-Central Roads, Engr. J. Yusuf.
The SSG presented the demands of the State Government and implored the Federal Government, through the Federal Ministry of Works, to consider the demands.
The short, med and long term demands presented by the SSG are as follows:
Short Term: The SSG appealed to the Federal Ministry of Works to, as a matter of urgency, begin repairs of all bad portions from Lambata to Lapai, and from Lapai to Agaie to Baddegi and to terminate in Bida.
Mid Term: The SSG specifically appreciated the Federal Government for awarding the projects from Kontagora to Bangi, Kontagora to Rijau, Birnin Yauri to Rijau and requested the FG also carryout palliative measures from Mokwa-Tegina-Kaduna and mount securities on the way because it is the shortest route.
Long Term: While presenting the long term plan, the SSG emphasized that reconstruction of all the mentioned roads is the only lasting solution and then appealed to the Ministry to look into Muye-Lapai road as trailers in their numbers are always using that road. He then reiterated the need to also create alternative routes as contingencies. In light of this, he advised the Federal Government to consider Kafin Koro-Adunu-Kwakuti road.
The Permanent Secretary who invited the Director of Highways in the Ministry, Egnr. Folorunsho Essan to respond on the preparations for the work on Lambata-Bida road said work will commence today as the only the delay was the blockade of the road but now that the road was opened, work will commence today as the contractor has already moved equipment to site.
The Permanent Secretary thanked the SSG and his team and emphasized the need for constant communication and synergy between the State Government and the Ministry to avoid unfortunate occurrences such as the one that happened few days ago.
Muhammad Sani Idris
Commisioner of Information and Strategy