The lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial District, Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, has decried the conditions of the over 2000 kilometers Federal Government-owned roads network in Niger State.
He also urged the people not to lose hope in Nigeria, despite the current challenges being faced.
Musa in a press statement he personally issued to felicitate with Nigerians on the nation’s Independence Day celebration, said the condition of the road infrastructure in the state, particularly those owned by the federal government was terrible.
“There are over 2000 kilometres of federal roads in Niger State, but there is no single one that is in good condition. The Minna-Suleja road is a nightmare for both motorists and commuters. Our people cannot transport their farm produce to the markets. Traders used to come from various parts of the country and even abroad to buy from the farmers, but today, many of them are afraid of coming, either due to the fear of being kidnapped or because of the deplorable conditions of our roads. This is affecting the development of the state.”
He, therefore, appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to speed up the completion of many road projects his administration has embarked upon in the state.
He also observed that although it is heart-warming to celebrate Nigeria at sixty, the current reality where many of the people he represents cannot enjoy peace due to banditry activities, leaves much to be desired of the celebration.
According to him, “Our people are predominantly farmers. But the challenge of insecurity has crippled their activities, thereby subjecting them to untold hardship and economic difficulties. They can’t go to their farms for the fear of being kidnapped.”
Commending President Buhari for his doggedness at addressing the security challenges in the country, he said, “As we mark Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary, I heartily felicitate with our able president, his Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, and our amiable Governor, His Excellency Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, our royal fathers and the entire people of Niger State.
“Both the president and our amiable governor’s efforts at addressing the security issues in the country are commendable. But we still appeal to Mister President to do more for us. He should help in fast tracking the completion of the ongoing road projects his administration has started in our dear state. I also call on the federal government to provide more security for our people so that they can go about their developmental activities.”
The lawmaker, however, urged the people not to lose hope in Nigeria but to remain hopeful, prayerful and believe that all will be well.
“Despite the challenges, we must thank God for keeping the country as one indivisible nation. As against agitations from various angles to disintegrate Nigeria, we have remained one. I believe there is much we can achieve through unity. As long as we remain together, we will achieve so much in the years ahead,” he said in optimism.
Musa then assured that on his part, he would continue to pursue vigorously all policies, laws and programmes that will impact positively on the people’s well-being.