Accidents and SafetyNiger State Government Condemns Action Of Drivers

MINNA — Niger state government has condemned in stronger terms the attitude of tanker drivers, heavy-duty trucks, and other articulated vehicles for blocking Bida-Lambata and Lambata-Izom expressways causing heavy gridlock.

A statement issued by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Matane, and made available to journalists on Sunday in Minna, said the development poses risks to innocent motorists and commuters alike including the people of the communities.

Matane also appealed to owners of the vehicles to talk to their drivers to remove their trucks and tankers from the roads as the state government can no longer guarantee their safety because communities affected as a result of the blockade were complaining of being overstretched and are agitated.

He called for the re-opening of the roads as the blockade would not compel the state government into allowing them to use the Minna-Bida road which is a state-owned road and under reconstruction.

Hassan Umar Shallpella (Regional Correspondent)

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