From, Yakubu Mustapha, Minna.
The Niger state government has received the support of the World Bank to rehabilitate 88.6 kilometer roads at the cost of N500million in an effort to open up the rural areas in Niger South Senatorial District.
Chairman of Lavun Local Government Area, Alhaji Yakubu Isah Kashikoko disclosed while speaking to journalists at Kutigi, the headquarters of Lavun LGA, said the roads have been abandoned for almost 50 years.
The funding which he said is a tripartite arrangement between the World Bank, state and local governments is for the completion of Kutigi-Tesan Hajia 56.6 kilometre road and Dabban 33 kilometer road.
“The people of the area have been suffering for the last 50 years until the coming of this administration, the government had during its campaign promised to fix the road and he has fulfilled it,” he stated.
Kashikoko explained that, the road project which started 2017 is estimated to be completed in 18 months.
He stressed that, the linking of the communities that successive administration could not do has come to reality, adding that “the people of Kutigi will no longer go through the stress of travelling in the bushes because the road will connect the local government to the outside world.”
He however, commended the development strides of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the chairman said, Government Science College Kutigi and the General Hospital in the town have been given facelift to enhance the living standard of the people.