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NEWS UPDATE: We will not move our vehicles until you act – Trailer, tanker drivers dare Niger govt

NEWS UPDATE: We will not move our vehicles until you act – Trailer, tanker drivers dare Niger govt

Drivers of trailers, tankers and other articulated vehicles have vowed not to displace thier vehicles despite warning by authorities to open entry routes for unloose flow of traffic into Niger Province.

The evolution has inflicted untold hardship and hurting on motorists along Suleja-Mina route.

The drivers had yesterday simultaneously blocked the Minna-Lambata- Suleja, Minna-Lambata- Suleja, Bida- Minna,
Bida- Lapai- Lambata roads in protestation over the continued closure of the Bida-Minna route.

The closure of the route, it was gathered had forced drivers to resort to the Bida- Lapai- Lambata route which has currently go a nightmare for the drivers.

The authorities had issued in a statement through the province Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mamman Musa, cautioned operators of the trailers to desist from violating traffic law and say in the province.

He urged them to displace their vehicles as blocking the route would create it hard for intervention by the Federal Controller of Works, piece appealing to the people to be calm.

“Niger Province Regime is liasing with Federal Controller of Works in say to synergies and regain a lasting solution to the route,” the authorities stated.

Notwithstanding, the drivers have remained adamant as they refused to displace their vehicles parked precisely on the Lambata bridge, thereby preventing motorists from traveling out and into the province.

Some of the drivers lamented the lamentable status of their only alternative route, the Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata and insisted that they will not displace until, the province authorities acts.

“The route is no longer motorable. We are forced to pass days on it before reaching our destinations because of the lamentable status. All we are asking is for authorities to open the Bida-Minna route to ease motion for us,” the drivers maintained.

Similarly, the other entry dot of Sarkin Pawa, Munya Local Regime into the province appears to be abandoned by route users due to the security challenges facing the area.

Munya Local authorities is amidst the councils in Niger East Senatorial District heat by banditry activities.

It would be recalled that Niger province authorities ordered the closure of the Bida-Minna route to drivers of trailers tankers and other articulated vehicles to enable the contractor handling the reconstruction work on it to come across upward with the completion period of 18 months.

Hence, the authorities advised the drivers to exercise the nearly abandoned
Bida-Agaie-Lapai-Lambata pending completion of work on the route.

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