By Abubakar Hassan


Niger State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Soject Nigeria Limited for the construction of 15 metres span bridge at Dangana, along Lapai-Gulu road, at a contract sum of N267 million.
Signing the MoU on behalf of the state government, Niger state Commissioner for Works, Alh. Ibrahim Balarabe said the desire of the present administration in Niger state under the leadership of Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello was to give the people of the state a face lift in their various endeavors, hence the reason behind this project.
He said the people of the area have been cut off from each other as a result of the washing away of the culvert that linked the community with other communities, saying this project is a further testimony of the desire of Gov. Sani Bello to link all rural communities in the state with major roads.
The Commissioner said they hoped that when the project is completed the people around the area would have a new lease of life, and prayed that Allah spare their lives to witness the commissioning of the project, assuring that the present administration was doing its best to keep to all the promises done to Nigerlites.
He disclosed that the duration of the contract was 12 months, urging the contractor to do his best to ensure that the project was completed within the agreed time frame for onward tranmission to the benefiting communities.
Earlier in his remark, the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Umar Bawa disclosed that it was a box culvert that was constructed there and it was washed away by rainfall putting the people around the community into an untold hardship.
He said, Soject was invited which is a reputable construction company that had worked for the state in the past and based on their track records they were chosen to carry out the project.
The permanent secretary also disclosed that the company had already started work at the site, and that the signing of the MoU was to have a formal legal document binding the contractual agreement, saying it was their hope that Soject will complete the work in good time.
Responding on behalf of Soject Nigeria Limited, Engr. Mazen Kalassina said they were happy to be selected for the job, adding that they have done many projects for the state in the past and promised that his company will give the state government the value for their money by doing a high quality job and quick execution of the project.