The Minister of State, Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Dr. Aliyu Abdullahi, has stated that the construction of dual carriageway in Niger State would enhance agricultural activities as well as improve the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
The minister disclosed this at the official ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 44KM dual carriageway Bida Ring Road in Niger State.
It is expected that when completed, the project has the tendency of generating revenue of N1.2 trillion for the state.
He revealed that agriculture is playing a major role in the Nigerian economy and the need to open up more carriageways for activities was very essential for the socio-economic development of the nation.
He said: “I am convinced that the construction of 44KM dual Carriageway will open more activities. A lot of farmers were frustrated due to bad state of the road to bring out their commodities. Today we are witnessing a major milestone in the democratic journey of Niger State.”
He, therefore, commended the Governor of Niger State, Mr. Mohammed Umar Bago, for his tenacity and commitment towards making the project a reality, stressing that all projects would be done for the benefit of the people of Niger State and Nigerians at large.
In his remarks, the Governor Bago, revealed that he was determined to change the narrative of the state by improving security, providing world class health facilities, mechanized agriculture and to cultivate about 250 hectares in the next one year and one million hectares, which was on the pipe line.
In his goodwill message, the Chairman Bida Local Government Area, Mr. Isa Mohammed, reiterated that the construction of 44km dual carriageway would open up the town for multinational activities, which would create jobs and agro allied products for the people of Niger State.