The Niger State caucus within the National Assembly has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on federal roads throughout the state.
They stated the roads have change into a demise entice to travellers throughout the state.
The caucus comprising three senators and 10 members of the House of Representatives, lamented the circumstances of roads within the state, saying the dilapidated federal roads had been impacting negatively on the socio-economic improvement of the state.
The chief of the caucus, who’s the Deputy Majority Whip of the Senate, Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi, stated: “We felt it is incumbent upon us to come and cry out with a view to getting attention that our state badly requires good roads at this time. As you all know, Niger State is the largest state in terms of land mass in Nigeria. The state is about 76, 363 kilometres square. With this, Niger State has the longest trunk A network of federal roads, spanning 2,365 kilometres of federal roads.”
The lawmakers stated the state is “positioned within the North Central zone, and the implication of that is that for those who’re coming from Northeast, Northwest, you’ll have to go by Niger State, taking the trunk A2 from Kaduna right down to Birnin Gwari, right down to Tagina, to Mekirah right down to Bokhani, Jebba–Mokwa earlier than you exit in Kwara State.
“In this identical vein, for those who’re going to Kebbi, Sokoto or Zamfara states, you now detour to Mekirah right down to Katongora the place you’ve two or three choices of going by Bangui, Rhijau otherwise you undergo Yauri.
“Now going from Mokwa to Minna, you either go through Bida–Agaie–Lambata, which is the actual federal road, or through Bida–Minna, which is a state government road,” Sabi stated.
He lamented that the roads, which had been hitherto offering scorching beds of economic and tourism actions to Niger and all different states linked by them, have change into demise traps on account of heavy rainfall and extra weight of excessive capability vans.
our on account of this nation and we should be given one thing again.
“But for those who repair the Suleja–Minna highway with out fixing the Makwa, Makerah, Bokhani right down to Kaduna, in addition to Bida–Agaie–Lambata roads, what you’re doing is that you simply’d be placing extra stress on the one one that’s good.
“So we’re convinced beyond reasonable doubt that beyond what’s happening under the budgetary provisions, we’re calling on Mr. President to please, do the needful for our people.”