Road Construction: Niger Government To Partner With FG

By Juliana MAIRIGA, minna.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has said that plans are underway to partner with the federal government to begin the construction of four major critical roads in the state.
Governor Sani Bello said in Lapai, headquarters of Lapai Local Government during his mid-term assessment tour of the 25 Local Government areas of the state that the project will cost over N50billion.
According to him “I am in talks with the federal government to support us and I see a situation where we join hands with the federal government to do the roads.
“We need a little over N50billion to fix four major critical roads in the state. These four trunk A road which include Lapai/Gulu/Evuti/Muye road, Kompani Bobi/Bangi road, Luma/Agwara road and Pandogari/Allawa/Erena roads are very important especially the affected ones because I believe it will add value in terms of economy and these are agricultural potential areas.”
While explaining that the tour was designed to get first-hand information from the people on areas where they need government intervention, he insisted that government cannot be planning and working without input from the people, hence the mid-term assessment.
“We are on working visit to our local government areas and not on any campaign as it is being insinuated. We are on tour to get first-hand information on the needs of our people with a view to solving those that require immediate intervention and those that cannot be addressed immediately will be capture in the supplementary or 2018 budget.
“I strongly believe our budget should be people oriented and not a budget that we sit down in Minna (state capital) to write. We need to go to the people, know their needs, areas of challenge and reflect it in the budget so that we can address those issues that are of great concern to our people,” he told a large crowd at the palace of Etsu Lapai, Alhaji Umar Bago Tafida.
The governor who has visited 15 of the 25 local government councils said the tour has been a huge success and revealing adding that henceforth future budgets of the state will be guided more by the needs of the people.


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