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Niger govt., firm sign N10bn MoU on road construction

by Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Motorists travel time within Niger State will soon begin to improve after the Government and a private firm signed an N40 billion Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to build a 40-kilometer road bypass and a city layout.

The projects listed in the MOU with the firm, Manzuwa Ventures Limited, were 40km bypass that would aid motorists from Pago to link the permanent site of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) in Gidan Kwano, Minna and for construction of a city layout in the metropolis.

Under the MoU agreement, Manzuwa will solely finance the project which would integrate the community members with Minna Emirate Council and address gridlock in the state.

According to the MOU, construction of the bypass, which would be named after the state governor, Abubakar Bello, was expected to start by October.

When completed, the road will not only serve as an alternative route to exit Minna going towards Abuja and would also reduce the gridlock on the Minna-Suleja road.

At the brief ceremony on Thursday, Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Ahmed Matane, signed on behalf of the state government while Chief Executive Officer of Muzawa, Adam Ibn Adam, signed on behalf of the private firm.

Others present at the event were; the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Engr Abubakar Sadiq Balarabe, Perm Sec Ministry of Lands and Housing, Dr. Abdull Husaini, Perm Sec, Economic Affairs, AlhYahya Baba Wachiko, Director Civil Engineering, Ministry of Works, Engr Ahmed Tanko as well as Directors of Manzuwa Ventures, Alh Sagir Nagogo, and Farouk Sani Yakasai.

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