A part of Niger state is getting a facelift.
Mashegu Local Government Area says it is constructing a 15-kilometre road linking the Council Headquarters and other parts of the state at a cost of N308 million.
Incidentally, the project is already ongoing and is 75 per cent completed according to the Chairman of the Council, Saidu Kaboji who made the announcement after inspecting the progress of work on the road.
Kaboji, who did not give the amount of money that has been paid to the contractor out of the contract sum, said that the Local Government could not boast of any access road to the Council Headquarters.
“Since our Local Government was created in 1996 during the late Sani Abacha Administration, despite the fact that it has the highest allocation from the Federation Account, this road had been neglected,’’ he said.
Kaboji said that the project, which has a six month completion period, was awarded in July and was expected to be completed before the end of the year.
“This road project when completed will reduce the stress of our people using the road and encourage farmers to bring their farm produce to the market,’’ he said.
He noted that despite the accusation of financial misappropriation against the Council by some opposition in the area, the construction of the road remained one of the achievements of his Administration.
“This road is one of the priorities of my Administration because I see it as not only a disgrace that a local government that was created 21 years ago cannot boast of an access road.
“This lack of access road had brought untold hardship on the people.
“Our people are predominantly farmers and when they harvest their produce, they find it difficult to move them to the market.
“This explains why after we were done with electrification of about 60 communities, providing them with transformers, we decided to embark on this road construction, he said.
Kaboji said that the Council hardly generates N20 million a year, but if the roads are in good condition and the farmers can bring their goods to the market, it will increase our revenue.
He said that apart from the road project, the Council had executed other projects such as providing 60 boreholes for the 10 wards in the Local Government.