Minister of State for Agriculture and Food Security, Sen. Aliyu Abdullahi, said on Sept. 20 that the construction of a 44km dual carriageway in Bida, Niger State, will enhance agricultural production and improve Nigeria’s GDP. He made the statement at the ground-breaking ceremony for the road project in Bida.

According to a press release from the ministry’s Chief Information Officer, Mrs Anthonia Eremah, Abdullahi stressed the need to open up more carriageways for agricultural activities essential for the socio-economic development of the nation. He also commended Niger governor Alhaji Mohammed Bago for his tenacity and commitment to making the project a reality.

Abdullahi noted that bad roads had frustrated many farmers from getting their yields to markets. He said the new dual carriageway would create jobs and facilitate agricultural activities in the region.

“The construction of this road will not only improve the movement of goods and services, but also increase the income of our farmers and boost our GDP. This is in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision of transforming Nigeria into an agricultural powerhouse,” he said.

In his remarks at the ceremony, Bago said he was determined to change the narrative of Niger by improving on security, providing world-class health facilities, and encouraging mechanised agriculture.

He said the road project was part of his administration’s efforts to improve infrastructure and connectivity in the state. He thanked Abdullahi for his support and collaboration in ensuring the success of the project.

“I am grateful to the minister for his unwavering support and partnership in making this project a reality. This road will not only benefit Niger state, but also Nigeria as a whole. It will open up new opportunities and possibilities for our people,” he said.

In a goodwill message, Chairman of Bida Local Government Council, Mr Isa Mohammed, said the construction of the dual carriageway would create jobs and facilitate agricultural activities. He expressed his appreciation to the minister and the governor for their visionary leadership and dedication to the welfare of Nigerians.

“This is a historic day for us in Bida. We are witnessing the beginning of a new era of development and prosperity. We thank the minister and the governor for their love and care for our people. We assure them of our support and cooperation in ensuring the completion of this project,” he said.

The road project is expected to be completed within 18 months. It will link Bida with other major towns and cities in Niger state and beyond.

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