Niger secures N1trn infrastructural development funds, constructs 556km roads


Governor Mohammed Umaru Bago of Niger state has said that his administration will address the huge infrastructural deficit in the state with the construction of 2,000 kilometres of roads in the next four years.

 He said about N1trillion funding has been secured for infrastructural development.

Bago stated this Wednesday in Minna during the signing of 556km of road contracts with 37 Construction Companies.

He  added that the contracts will spread across the 25 local governments of the state.

He said: “The execution of the projects became necessary to engender development across the state in line with his Urban Renewal Policy.”

He added that the award of the contracts was in collaboration with all the local government chairmen.

He cautioned the contractors to maintain standards in their work and keep to the agreed time frame as any contractor that compromises quality will have his contract terminated.

The governor also reminded them of the need to engage in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to the local communities pointing out that the CSR should be done in consultation with the government to avoid duplication of projects.

He encouraged the contractors to patronise local content and relate with relevant ministries to get a list of reliable youth that can be engaged to better their lots.

He assured that government would liaise with all relevant stakeholders to ensure the security of their lives and equipment while tasking them to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities to relevant authorities.