In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, October, 2020

Heavy Gridlock On Minna-Bida, Minna-Zungeru Highways As Two Bridges Collapsed

Heavy Gridlock On Minna-Bida, Minna-Zungeru Highways As Two Bridges Collapsed

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The Niger state governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has threatened, for the second time in three weeks, to shutdown the ever busy Minna-Bida freeway and different state owned roads to heavy trailers, tankers and different articulated automobiles following the expiration of the 2 weeks window given to the federal authorities to allow it undertake some emergency restore on Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata street.

In response to Solar Information, the newest risk from the governor follows the collapse on Wednesday of two bridges, one at Kateregi, alongside Minna-Bida freeway and one other one at Zungeru, alongside Bida-Wushishi-Zungeru street, leading to a heavy Gridlock alongside the 2 routes for the previous two days.

The roads resulting in Bida from Minna and Minna-Zungeru to Bida have being blocked because of the gridlock occasioned by the collapse of the 2 bridges with over 2,000, vacationers stranded within the final 72 hours.

The governor had two weeks in the past closed all of the state owned roads to trailers, vans and different articulated automobiles because of the deplorable circumstances of those roads and to allow contractors dealing with the development work on the Minna-Bida freeway velocity up the work.

The roads had been nonetheless reopened two days later after an attraction by the federal authorities to permit uninterrupted provide of petroleum merchandise to the north, promising to undertake an emergency restore of the Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata street to serve in its place route.

Talking shortly after inspecting the state authorities intervention work on the “horrible spots” on the Minna-Suleja freeway to ease the sufferings of vacationers, the governor stated the state authorities can have no selection than to shut down the Minna-Bida street to heavy automobiles within the subsequent few days “as a result of the federal authorities has didn’t fulfilled it a part of the settlement for the reopening of the street”.

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The governor who expressed displeasure over the gridlock ensuing from the collapse of the bridges on Minna-Bida and Bida-Wushishi-Zungeru-Minna street, stressing that “as a authorities, we can have no selection than to shutdown the street to permit the contractor go forward with their job.”

We agreed with the federal authorities that the state authorities ought to reopen the roads and provides them two weeks to allow them perform some emergency restore work on the Bida-Lapai-Lambata street in order to ease strain on the Minna-Bida street and to additionally permit the contractors do their work.”

However two weeks have handed and nothing has been accomplished, the state of affairs has remained the identical. You may see that the state of affairs is getting worse on a regular basis and we’re working out of persistence.”

Based mostly on our settlement with the federal authorities, I anticipated that by now one thing ought to have been accomplished to make this street accessible however sadly nothing has modified.”

As a authorities we can’t fold our palms and see our folks endure on a regular basis on this street, we’ll shut it down any second from now to allow the contractor return to work. This time round there might be no going again till the Minna-Bida street is fastened”.

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