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NEWS UPDATE: Niger: Trailer, tanker drivers block Minna-Bida road over nine month govt closure

NEWS UPDATE: Niger: Trailer, tanker drivers block Minna-Bida road over nine month govt closure

Activities in the ancient urban center of Bida, Bida Local Authorities Area of Niger Province came to a standstill as trailer and tanker drivers blocked all entry routes into the town.

The drivers obstructed vehicular motion on the busy highway in the area, using their used articulated vehicles.

The protesters insisted that they were not going to suspend the protestation until the Niger Province authorities reopens the Bida Minna route.

It was gathered that the protestation followed the nine months closure of the Minna-Bida route to trailer drivers.

The blockage had forced the drivers to turn to Bida-Lapai-Lambata roads, which has also get worse as they pass days before reaching their destinations.

A resident of the area who confirmed the state of affairs said motion within the town has get hard due to the protestation of the trailer drivers.

The resident said all major roads including some street routes in the town have been obstructed by cars.

“The current state of affairs for motorists in Bida town is really really disturbing. We phone on the province authorities to intervene in this state of affairs,” Ode Mohammed who confirmed the evolution, he, nevertheless nonetheless, lamented the current state of affairs for motorists in Bida.

Soje Mohammed some other resident said, ” the entire roads into Bida have been blocked such as Gbazhi area before Emirs palace, Esso, Siriku junction. This also includes some street routes that have been blocked by residents due to the influx of vehicles”.

It would be recalled that the Niger Province Authorities had closed the Minna-Bida route to trailers, tankers and other articulated vehicles to ensure speedy completion of ongoing interpretation work which started over a twelvemonth agone.

As at the time of going press, the Province Law Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun could not be reached on the telephone.

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