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Niger State Government Denies Having Hand in the Closure of Federal Roads in the State

The Niger State Government has denied the allegations that it has authorized the shut down of Federal Roads in the State to long or articulated vehicles.

The Chairman, Infrastructure and Project Monitoring Committee and Chief of Staff to governor, Abubakar Bello, Balarabe Ibrahim, said this during a news conference in Minna on Thursday.

He said that some news reports that the state government had closed down Federal roads were not true, adding that the state does not have the power to restrict the movement of vehicles on federal roads.

Mr Ibrahim added that the state government only restricted movement of articulated vehicles on state owned-roads such as Minna-Bida-Zungeru-Wushishi-Lapai-Muye-Lapai-Paiko-Chanchaga bridge-Maikunkele roads.

“There is no going back on our decision to ban articulated trucks from plying the state-owned. We still stand on our position and we won’t relent on that. Our roads still remain closed to articulate trucks,” he said.

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