ENGR PANTI 2Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Engr. Ibrahim Mohammed Panti.

By George Daniya

Niger State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Engr. Ibrahim Mohammed Panti has disclosed that the sum of N250m has been earmarked for the repairs of Minna-Bida Road.

Engr. Panti made the disclosure at a press briefing held at the state secretariat, Minna, Yesterday.

He said that the best international standard would be adopted in repairing the road bearing the ongoing plan by the state government to dualize the road through a facility they were pursing from the Islamic Development Bank (IDB).

The commissioner apologized to commuters on the delay of repairs, saying that they need to get it right as such had to delay the work in order to carry out all the necessary things in place and also to avoid wastages of the state meagre resources.

According to him, when the Minna-Bida Road is dualized, there would be serious control on it especially on weighing goods carried by articulated vehicles.

Engr. Panti disclosed that the company that was engaged to carry out the repairs of Lapai-Lambata Road, though a Federal Government Road lacks the capacity to do so and would report this for further action to be taken.

The commissioner said that even though 90 per cent of roads in Niger State were federal roads, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has taken the burden to repair some of these roads which includes; Tegina-Kontagora, Kagara, Minna-Suleja which is still ongoing.

He added that the Niger State Road Maintenance Agency (NIGROMA) was being repositioned which its major responsibility was to maintain feeders and township roads in the state.