PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari has directed the contractor handling the reconstruction of the Suleja- Minna road to return to site immediately. Also, President Buhari ordered that the construction of the road which initially was to terminate a few kilometres after Gurara Water Falls should extend to Minna, while both sections should be dualised. The foreign construction firm handling the job moved out of site immediately after the 2015
general election for fear that the political situation could turn sour. Niger State Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Abdulmalik Cheche, disclosed this to journalists after the state executive council meeting. “The cheering news I have for you is that President Buhari has directed the contractor handling the Suleja-Minna road to return to site. I got this information from the permanent secretary, federal ministry of works who sent me a text message when the minister could not reach me on phone.” According to Cheche, the action of the president followed an outcry from the motoring public over the dilapidated nature of the road which has also claimed many lives. While appreciating the federal government’s gesture, the commissioner expressed hope that the contractor would respect the president by immediately commencing work. Alhaji Cheche pleaded with the federal government to complete work on the MinnaKaduna road which he said if constructed would reduce the pressure on Suleja-Minna road and lessen the period taken to get to Kaduna from Minna via Suleja by one hour. He also announced that a section of the Kagara-Kaduna road had been constructed at N328 million by the state government. The commissioner disclosed that government had awarded a contract for the renovation of the police barracks damaged by rainstorm. The project would gulp N80 million.


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