By Abubakar Hassan


Niger State Commissioner for works and infrastructures, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe has said that the present administration in the state under the leadership of Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello is working hard to better the lives of the people in the state.

The Commissioner stated this last Monday, during a press briefing organized by the Niger State Ministry of Information and Strategy, tagged ‘Stewardship’, which is part of efforts to inform the public on the activities of the government in the last three and half years.

He said the present administration came at a time when the economy of the country was in a critical situation, but that Governor Sani Bello took the bull by the horn to address some of the challenges that have direct bearing on the people.

Alhaji Balarabe said the present administration came with a restoration agenda of returning the state to the dreams of our forefathers, saying they were doing their best despite the lean resources at their disposal.

He disclosed that his ministry had under the civil engineering department carried out 52 projects, with some been completed and commissioned while others were at various stages of completion, adding that about N14 billion had been paid to contractors handling such projects out of the about N20 billion total sum of the projects.

Alhaji Balarabe further explained that the projects includes critical roads infrastructures which some were intervention on the federal roads in the state, while some were rural roads linkages.

On public buildings, the Commissioner said the ministry had carried out 33 projects which includes the State House of Assembly Complex extension, police outpost, fire service stations among others, and that about N1.5 billion had so far been spent in this area.

He also disclosed that about N2 billion had so far been spent on electrification which includes electrification of communities, procurement of assorted electric transformers and construction of electric substations, adding that about 200 transformers were so far been distributed and that some of the substations have been completed while some  were still ongoing.

The Commissioner explained that Niger State Road Maintenance Agency (NIGROMA) was established to intervene in critical areas such as construction of culverts, Drainages, filling of potholes among others, adding that the present administration had lunched operation zero potholes and that NIGROMA was doing justice to that.

He said the state government was doing its best to ensure that all the roads in the state including the federal roads were in perfect condition, but that the activities of overloaded trucks and petrol tankers who plight the roads is always taking them back, which he said necessitated the state government to make some restrictions of movement of such  vehicles to allow for speedy completion of the work.

The Commissioner also disclosed that the contract sum of the State Assembly Complex extension was N445 million and that N362 million had already been paid to the contractor handling the project.

He also disclosed that the Randan Ruwa Abattoir Road was a source of concern to the present administration and that the ministry had already sent some experts there to advise on the kind of intervention to be done there. He also revealed that the state government had made a lot of lobbying as regards to Kontagora-Rijau road and it is yielding fruitful result.

The Commissioner also appealed to Nigerlites to continue to keep faith with the present administration in the state as it was doing everything humanly possible to improve the lives of its citizens.

Earlier in his remark, the  Niger State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Danjuma Sallau said Stewardship was initiated by his ministry to avail the public with the journey so far by the present administration, adding that a lot of achievements have been made by this administration but people have no idea of them.

In her remarks, the Permanent Secretary of the Niger State Ministry of Works and Infrastructures, Hajiya Zainab M. Bala appealed to the press to portray the present administration positively and be objective in their reportage.