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Commuters stranded as two bridges collapse in Niger

.Gov threatens to shut down Minna-Bida road

HUNDREDS of commuters going about their daily activities were stranded earlier today after two bridges along the Minna-Bida road and Bida-Wushishi-Zugeru road collapsed.

The unpleasant development so irked Governor Abubakar Bello that he threatened to shut-down the road again after expiration of the two- week window to the federal government to begin repairs on Niger roads.

On Wednesday, the Kateregi bridge along the Minna-Bida highway and Zungeru along the Bida-Wushishi-Zungeru road collapsed.

The development caused heavy gridlock in the last two days, forcing commuters to seek alternative routes.

Naija Times gathered that over 3,000 travellers in 100 cars and 300 vehicles are trapped on the two routes.

To beat the gridlock many of the commuters were forced to board motorcycles from Minna to Bida and vice-versa.

Speaking to journalists after inspecting the Minna-Suleja road, the governor said his administration would have no choice but to shut down the Minna-Bida road based on its level of deterioration.

He lamented the federal government’s failure to fulfil its part of the bargain even weeks after reaching an agreement with the state

“As a government, we will have no choice than to shut down the road to allow the contractor to go ahead with their job.

“We agreed with the Federal Government that the State Government should reopen the roads and give them two weeks to enable them to carry out some emergency repair works on the Bida-Lapai-Lambata road to ease pressure on the Minna-Bida road and to also allow the contractors do their work.

“But two weeks have passed and nothing has been done, the situation has remained the same. You can see that the situation is getting worse every day and we are running out of patience.

“Based on our agreement with the Federal Government, I expected that by now something should have been done to make this road accessible but unfortunately nothing has changed.

“As a government, we cannot fold our hands and see our people suffer every day on this road.

“We will shut it down any moment from now to enable the contractor to return to work. This time around there will be no going back until the Minna-Bida road is fixed”.

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