By Ola Adeola
Three senators representing Niger State, namely Aliyu Sabi (APC/Niger North); David Umaru (APC/Niger East) and Sani Mustapha (APC/Niger South, are asking that some federal roads linking their state be fixed. The senators during a press briefing urged minister of works, housing and power Babatunde Fashola to
urgently repair the Abuja – Mi nna, Minna – Bida, Kontagora to Yauri, Rijau-Kontahora, Minna-Zungeru-Tegina federal highways. Abdullahi said motorists “spend between 4 to 5 hours for a journey that should ordinarily last two hours, referencing ‘the Kontagora-Makera-Birnin Gwari’. He said the situation has led to traffic diversion to the Minna – Suleija federal highway.
“We are in pains that the federal highways have remained dilapidated for years but the recent development for some weeks now is a cause for concern”, he said.
Abdullahi further said: “We are aware of a budget head in the 2016 Appropriation with a lump sum which is at the discretion of the minister. We call on him to exercise this discretion in our favour by coming to the aid of numerous Nigerians suffering on these roads. We also expect these roads to be captured in the 2017 budget”, Senator Abdullahi added.
In the same vein, Umaru (APC/Niger East) spoke about uncompleted Minna – Abuja dual carriage highway
“Minna – Suleija expressway for example is the gateway to the nation’s capital, Abuja for many Nigerians. We plead that this road be given urgent attention for the completion of the dualization project as it is the only neighbourhood road to the FCT without such a dual carriage way,” he said.