By Johnbosco Agbakwuru – Abuja
Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, on Friday cried out to President Muhammadu Buhari over the dilapidation of roads and the ravaging menace of flood within the state, saying that his folks wete dwelling in hell.
Governor Abubakar spoke to State Home correspondents after assembly behind closed doorways with the President to hunt pressing intervention to alleviate the struggling of his folks on the State Home Abuja.
He lamented that the poor state of federal roads had made life tough for commuters and threatening to chop them off from the remainder of the nation.
He additionally mentioned that floods have ruined 2,500 hectares of sugar cane plantations and ravaged 22 out of 25 native authorities areas of the state.
Moreover, he mentioned that 150 communities within the state live underwater and he sought the President’s help to offer succor for farmers affected.
He mentioned, “This afternoon, I paid a go to to Mr President to increase my greetings and needs for the Independence Anniversary and I additionally seized the chance to debate some points that have an effect on Niger State particularly the state of roads in Niger State.
” In the intervening time, we face tough occasions as a result of the rains are fairly heavy, most sections of the street have failed utterly and there’s must have some fast intervention to ease the difficulties being skilled by motorists in highways.
“So I took time to transient Mr President on what is going on and what I believe will be finished within the interim to deal with a few of these points.
“You’ll recall that about two weeks in the past we had a gathering chaired by the Chief of Employees with the Minister of Works, the GMD of the NNPC, the Director-Normal of Division of State Service and the Inspector Normal of Police with regard to the closure of Minna/Bida street.
“We had been pressured to shut Mina/Bida street as a result of the contractor on web site had complained that the work in progress was very gradual because of the heavy motion of vehicles on that street. As you might be conscious that street was constructed for mild autos, so we had been pressured to close down Minna/Bida street.
“Finally we needed to open it in order that we don’t create hardship to different elements of the nation particularly the Northern states. However in the mean time because it in the present day, we’ve got two failed sections of Minna/Bida street and one failed part of Minna/Tekna street which has introduced in regards to the full blockage of that street.
“So one thing must be finished instantly to offer for another route between South West and Northern elements of the states. We have now a significant trunk ‘A’ one street which is the Jabba-Mokwa-Kagara-Tegna-Pandogri-Kaduna street.
” I hope consideration needs to be given to that street in order that we divert a lot of the trailers to that street. There may be additionally another route which is the Mokwa-Bida-Lapai-Lambata street. That will even present various to Minna-Bida street.
” So general, that has been the principle level of our dialogue. We touched on flood briefly. I imagine within the subsequent few weeks, we might have some reliefs on the subject of flood.
” In the intervening time we’ve got over 150 communities below water in Niger State, hundreds of hectares of land have been displaced by flood, main investments just like the Sunti sugar is totally underwater. They’ve misplaced over 2,500 hactres of Sugar Cane Plantation. And overwhelming majority of the power itself is below water.
“It’s unlucky it has occurred, however I pray we can get some fast intervention from the Federal Authorities in order that we are able to help our native farmers which have misplaced their livelihood as a consequence of floods.”
Requested on the President response, he mentioned, “The President believes extra in motion, he doesn’t discuss an excessive amount of, I believe from his countenance I can say that he felt unhealthy particularly for Niger State. We’re shouldering all the burden, each cargo from South West passes by means of Minna particularly.
“I believe he has an thought, he most likely is not going to know all the pieces however he has an thought what we’re going by means of at second. In the intervening time we’re going by means of hell in Niger State. So I imagine one thing will likely be finished.”