Despite funding heightened insecurity, I wont stop developing infrastructure_ Niger Gov


The Niger state Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello said despite funding the current insecurity challenges in the state, that wont stop him from developing the state infrastructure as that would also ease the lives of Nigerlites.

He also  said the development of critical infrastructure is cardinal to the regeneration of the state economy, as a way of attracting investors to the state. 

Sani Bello stated this on Monday at the commissioning of the 2.4km Broadcasting Dual Carriageway in Minna and 7.5MVA injection sub-station, Paiko. 

He added that since the inception of his administration, provision of infrastructure has remained one of his priorities and will continue to provide infrastructures that have direct bearing on the people as well as stimulate economic growth in the state.  

He disclosed that the Broadcasting Road was constructed at the cost of over N1.3b, adding that the road would open up new areas, ease vehicular movement, reduce accidents, beautify the environment and afford people opportunities to increase socio economic activities in the area. 

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He said “we have kept our commitment on this, despite the daunting challenges from paucity of funds to heightened insecurity  for us to attract investments into the state economy, we need to have good infrastructural system in place that guarantees access to the market and other factors of production”.

“That is why we have done so much in the areas of road rehabilitation and construction with over 40 of such civil engineering projects completed across the state”. 

“The government has also completed over 80 of Mechanical/Electrical projects such as Electrification and installation of transformers in the rural areas, while over 30 projects in the public building sector have been completed which includes construction of Fire Service and Police Stations among others”. 

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“For us to attract investments into the state, we need to have good infrastructural system in place that guarantees access to the market and other factors of production”, he said.

The governor revealed that his administration has constructed over 40 civil engineering projects, 80 mechanical/electrical projects, while 30 public buildings have been built across the state among other projects. 

“Let me assure Nigerlites, that this government will sustain the momentum of delivering projects that have direct bearing on daily activities of the people”, he said. 

According to the governor, most projects started from the beginning of this government in 2015 with most of them completed and already been put to use, while others are still ongoing.  

Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Abdullahi Bawa acknowledged that the project being commissioned has demonstrated that the governor is on the right direction and appreciated the good working relationship existing between the executive and legislative arm of government  

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Earlier, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Mamman Musa said the Broadcasting Dual Carriageway was constructed under the N25b SUKUK private bond programme captured in 2019 and 2020 appropriation laws. 

According to him, the project include; payments of compensation and relocation of utilities such as water Mine’s and electricity installations. 

“The scope of the project include; milling of existing bituminous surface, concrete works in median, side drains, laterite in sub-base, crushed stone base and asphalt is concrete binder and finishing,” he said. 

Musa said that the administration initiated 299 projects with 165 completed explaining that Minna has 12 new roads already in use.

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