Hundreds stranded as Minna-Bida Bridge collapses in Niger State


Hundreds of passengers and vehicles have been stranded following the collapse of a portion of the Minna-Bida road in Niger State.

According to the findings, some of the private and commercial vehicles plying the road either returned to Bida or Minna while those from Bida have been forced to follow the longer route of Lemu to Zungeru to Minna.

The vehicles from Minna, according to the findings, turned back to follow the long route of Minna-Lapai-Agaie-Bida road.
Motorists and their passengers are now left in dilemma as crossing from Kakapangi to Minna or vice versa has become almost impossible.

Also, articulated vehicles that could not turn at the damaged section of the road hired locals to evacuate their goods into rented vehicles at the other end.

The collapse of the road ‘which has now become an annual event’ is as a result of heavy rains in the last one week.

The state Commissioner for Works, Mohammed Sani Lafya, could not be reached for comment.

The state government on September 18, 2018, awarded the contract for the dualisation of the 84 Kilometre Minna-Bida road to an indigenous construction firm, Dantata and Sawoe.

So far, according to experts, only 5% of the project has been executed.

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