Contrary to the belief in political circles that the incoming All Progressives Congress government will be hostile to the outgoing government of Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, the Niger state governor has said that ‘we are not expecting an enemy government in this state’.
‘It is not going to be enemy takeover in this state’ Governor Muazu Babangida Aliyu said on Monday at the commissioning of the Mamman Sanni Kontagora Building Materials Market in Minna.
Aliyu also expressed the belief that the incoming government will continue all the capital projects started by his administration because they are targeted at improving the lot of the masses.
‘Government is a continuum; government is not about stopping things started by another government’.
Aliyu’s remarks were made against the backdrop of activities of the some people in the state who have been disobeying most of the laws made by the outgoing government especially the restriction of traders in building materials to the new building materials market and using of motor cycles for commercial purposes.
Aliyu insisted that no matter who is in government the reconstruction of Minna as the Niger state capital to bring it in line with other state capitals in the country will continue adding that ‘the cleanliness of the state capital must be maintained’.
He disclosed that some mechanics and furniture makers will move to their permanent sites as part of plans by the administration to further beautify Minna.
The governor warned that traders who opted to ply their trades within the town will have to pay higher taxes that could even eat into their capital.
On the 5-star hotel under construction in Minna Governor Aliyu said the project was being handled by a private developer at N19bn adding that what the government has done was to give a bank guarantee of N1.5bn.
He said following the prevailing prices in the cost of building materials the developer is already asking for a review of the Memorandum of Understanding it signed with the state government and therefore asked officials of the ministry to look into the claim of the developer.
The first phase of the new building materials market has 270 lock up shops while the second phase yet to be completed will have 260 shops.
Another wing of the market has been reserved for paint makers.

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