Niger Governor Commissions 43km Roads in Niger East.
Yahaya Zakka Minna.
The Governor of Niger state Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has commissioned 43kms double-coated surface dressed rural roads connecting Suleja-Abuchi-Izom and Farindoki-Old Gawu communities in Suleja and Gurara Local Government Areas of Niger East Senatorial District in the state as part of 235kms rural roads projects targeted for double coat surface dressing.
Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello explained that the double coated surface dressing of the rural roads rehabilitated by Rural Access Mobility Projects (RAMP2) became necessary in order to ensure that the roads are more enduring so as to promote economic growth of farmers and other rural dwellers and provide them with all-year-round access to basic services including markets, healthcare centres and educational institutions
The Governor disclosed that the state government has institutionalised rural roads maintenance activities by engaging the rural people along the corridors of the roads for the management and maintenance of the roads, adding that it is a legacy hoped to be enshrined in the governance of the state.
He expressed optimism that with the increased access to rural roads, Farmers who were hitherto faced with difficulties of sourcing and transporting key inputs such as seeds and fertilizers to their farms and evacuating their harvests to the local and regional markets will now breath a sigh of relieved.
“Our overall target is to improve the capacity of our farmers to get the best out of their farms and sell products competitively in the markets; which is a prerequisite for sustainable rural development”, he said.
While appreciating the Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development and the Coordinator of Niger State RAMP2 Project and his team for thier uncommon commitment and sense of responsibility towards the completion of the projects, the Governor assured the citizens of his continued commitment to infrastructural development in the state and to give adequate attention to the plight of rural dwellers.
The Governor enjoined the leaders and all the community members to remain vigilant and protective of the project to ensure long benefits of the roads.
On security, the Governor, who said he is deeply touched by cases of insecurity in the State, reiterated his unrelenting efforts to curtail the menace and enjoined all to collaborate with security agencies by providing useful information that would help address the problem.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Haliru Zakari Jikantoro in his remarks said the roads links over 30 communities pointing out that six rural roads of about 235kms spread across the state were selected for double-coated surface dressing.
Jikantoro maintained that the roads will no doubt contribute immensely towards boosting the socio-economic activities of the benefiting communities and will further help to reduce post-harvest losses thereby increasing food security in the State.
The Governor equally inspected 45m (3 span) bridge along Abuchi Fadama.
While interacting with the Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, community leaders at Farindoki expressed appreciation to the Governor and requested for a police outpost, water, electricity and repair of mosque.
The Suleja-Abuchi-Izom road is 21kms while that of Farindoki-Old Gawu road is 22kms.