The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Bello has decried the deplorable conditions of roads in the state.
Bello also said motorists and commuters were going through hell plying the roads, adding that the state government would close down the Minna-Bida Road to articulated vehicles as nothing had yet to be done two weeks after the state and federal governments agreed in a meeting to provide immediate emergency intervention.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mary Noel-Berje, titled 'Niger State Government consider re-closing down of Minna-Bida road to heavy trucks following non-emergency intervention on Federal roads by the Federal Government" lamenting that over 150 communities had been submerged by water, while the popular Sunti Sugar Farm had been destroyed by flood.
The governor said he also informed the President about the damage caused by flood in 22 out of the 25 local government areas of the state. He said this after a private meeting with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), at the State House, Abuja.
He said, "At the moment, we have over 150 communities under water in Niger State — thousands of hectares of land have been washed away and major investments like the Sunti sugar are completely under water."
The Niger Governor noted that the President sympathised with the residents and those passing through the state, the governor sought urgent presidential intervention in the rehabilitation of failed roads in the state to ease the difficulties faced by motorists.
He said "I paid a visit to Mr President to extend my greetings and wishes for the independence anniversary and I also seized the opportunity to discuss some issues that affect Niger State, especially the state of roads.
"At the moment, we are facing difficult times because the rains are quite heavy. Most sections of the roads have failed completely and there is a need to have some quick intervention to ease the difficulties experienced by motorists in highways. So, I took time to brief Mr President on what is happening and what I think can be done in the interim to address some of these issues.
"We were forced to close Minna-Bida Road because the contractor on site had complained that the work in progress was very slow as a result of heavy movement of trucks on that road. As you are aware, that road was built for light vehicles, so we were forced to shut down Minna-Bida Road."