Niger bans heavy vehicles plying its roads
From Isa Dangana, Minna
Heavy vehicles carrying excess goods to the tune of over 60, 000 tonnes are now banned from plying roads in Niger State, Coordinator Rural Access and Mobility Project (RAMPS-2), Quantity Surveyor Hassan Baba Etsu has announced.
Speaking while receiving an award of excellence in Minna presented by Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), the Coordinator explained that the introduction of the ban would add value to various roads being constructed thereby prolonging the life-span of the roads in the state.
He further said that over 700km of roads in various parts of the state would be taken over by RAMP to ensure that there is expansion of economic activities in rural areas by the host communities.
He appealed to transport employers to assist government in overcoming security challenges and not to divulge information to criminals.
He said that RAMP has since its inception created over 70, 000 employment opportunities to rural communities thereby increasing school enrolment, reducing mortality rate and improving traffic flow for sustainable agricultural production.
Earlier, National President RTEAN, Dr. Abubakar Sadiq who spoke through the National Secretary-General, Comrade Abdullahi Jabi had said the introduction of barrier on roads was a welcome development and promised to enlighten members on the issue.
Comrade Jabi added that RTEAN was the most visible association in the road transport sub-sector dominant mode of public transportation contributing about 35 per cent of GDP to national economy.
He said the association has a membership of 5.2million across the 774 Local Government Areas in the country.