*The Minna/Bidda road has been undergoing construction for some time
The bad state of Nigerian roads has always been a worrisome issue for traveler across the country, and Nigerians have attributed this to various reasons.
Some who spoke with Nigerian Sketch hold the belief that chief among the reasons for dilapidated roads was the poor quality of works done on most of these roads during construction.
Others said Nigerian roads have short life span due to corruption by officials who compromise standard for monetary inducement.
But to others, the road users, especially the lorries and big truck drivers have contributed tremendously to the destruction of Nigerian roads. This perspective holds that truck drivers don’t only mount undue pressure on roads, they also make it difficult for contractors to concentrate while building the roads.
These distractions by truck drivers, who seldom take alternative routes at the time of construction of a particular road, cause great deal of delays while roads are being constructed, thereby affecting the ultimate outcome of the project, quality wise.
It is in line with this consideration that the government of Niger state decided that to complete the construction works along Minna/Bidda road in good time, lorries and trucks plying road must be banned.
this was according to the state’s chairman, infrastructure and monitoring committee, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, who spoke on behalf of the state government during an expanded meeting of the committee recently.
The state government insisted that the ban on Minna/Bidda road wasn’t meant to inflict pains on any person or groups, rather it would lead to timely completion of the road project.
According to the chairman, the modalities of how to make the ban effective would be worked out soon, adding that the state government regrets any inconveniences the action may cause, noting that it is an action carried out in the interest of all.