Niger road collapses twice in a week

Five days after the Niger State Roads Maintenance Agency (NIGROMA) repaired the Sabon-Gida bridge along the Minna-Bida road, it collapsed again.

Daily Trust recalled that many travellers, including those who wanted to attend the 70th anniversary of Etsu Nupe on Monday, had to return home following the collapse of the bridge, less than 40 km from Bida town.

On Tuesday, when our correspondent visited the collapsed bridge, the national road maintenance agency was on the ground to repair it.

But, five days later, travelers from the Minna and Bida axis were stranded because the same bridge had collapsed again.

A commercial driver, Idris Mohammed, told our correspondent that motorists had to take shortcuts through villages to boycott the collapsed bridge while some of them diverted to Bida-Wushishi-Zungeru to come to Minna.

The contract for the reconstruction of the Minna-Bida road was awarded to a local contractor in 2018 at a cost of N24 billion, but the work is still far from complete. The state works commissioner, Mohammed Sani Lafiya, could not be reached by telephone.

When contacted, the formerly known public relations officer in the office indicated that he had been transferred to another ministry.

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