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NEWS UPDATE: We won’t open Minna-Bida road – Niger govt to trailer, tanker drivers

NEWS UPDATE: We won’t open Minna-Bida road – Niger govt to trailer, tanker drivers

The Niger Province Regime says the continued blockade of Bida-Lambata, Lambata-Izom expressways by drivers of tankers, trucks and other articulated vehicles would not compel it into opening the Minna-Bida route to them.

It condemned and frowned at the mental attitude of the drivers for blocking the expressways, causing heavy gridlock and risks to harmless commuters and the people of the communities.

A statement issued by Secretarial assistant to the Province Regime (SSG), Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, and made available to newsmen in Minna, said the route is state-owned and under reconstruction.

He appealed to owners of the vehicles to verbalise to their drivers to take away their trucks and tankers from the roads.

“The province regime can no longer guarantee their security because communities affected as a outcome of the blockade are overstretched and agitated,” he stated.

The SSG warned, ” ….the Province Regime would not take liability for damaged vehicles or goods as a outcome of whatsoever unlucky incidence that may occur.

“In the case of whatsoever tanker carrying Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) exploding and spilling the products within the communities, the tanker owners would be held responsible and affected communities will claim damages.”

According to Matane, “the Province Regime had for to a greater extent than 3 days engaged and dialogued with the articulated vehicle drivers and leadership of their unions to clear the roads and allow motorists to carry out their legal activities but such efforts have not yielded whatsoever positive results”.

The Province Regime and so regretted whatsoever inconveniences and untold hardship the blockade of the roads might have caused to harmless citizens and called for understanding and back up of the full general public in these trying moments.

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

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