From Yakubu Mustapha Minna

Niger State Government has signed a contract agreement with two construction companies for the construction of Bida ring road and rehabilitation of Minna township roads.

Governor Mohammed Umar Bago during the signing explained that the road contracts are in line with his Urban renewal policy and that the contracts for Minna township and Bida ring road are under phase one.

He further said the Minna project is in two segments and the second segment has been advertised for bidding.

The Governor said a bye-pass from Pago to Garatu is among over 20 other roads for the Minna township projects, explaining that the bye-pass will cover 100,000 Square Kilometres of land while that of Bida ring road will cover 40,000 square kilometres.

He said the projects would open up the areas and generate about N1Trillion and N200Billion respectively which he said would be used to refinance more projects.

Governor Baho than warned contractors that his administration will not condone variation, as funds have already been earmarked for the projects with a 25 percent advance payment guaranteed.

Managing Director, CCECC David Wang and that of Arab Contractors, Mohammed Eledaruis assured the Government of timely completion of the projects .

The Commissioner for Works, Suleiman Umar, signed on behalf of the state government while David Wang and Mohammed Eledaruis signed for their respective firms.

The contract agreement were with China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) handle the rehabilitation of township roads in Minna within the stipulated time of 24 months while Arab Construction Company is responsible for the reconstruction of Ring Road in Bida within 30 months respectively.

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