NGSG RESUMES CONSTRUCTION OF DRAINAGE SYSTEM IN MINNA AND KONTAGORA TO CHECK EROSION…SET TO ESTABLISH TRAFFIC CONTROL AGENCY

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Niger State Executive Council has approved the continuation of the construction of drainage channels in Minna metropolis and the extension of similar projects in Kontagora to avoid flooding.

The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Ibrahim Mohammed Panti disclosed this during the post-Executive Council press briefing at the Government House, Minna.

Mohammed Panti explained that the Minna metropolis drainage construction work was paused due to some challenges beyond the control of the contractor which was awarded last year at the cost of over 1.4billion naira, adding that similar project in Kontagora has been extended with the additional cost of 635.3million naira.

The Commissioner said the resumption of the project is aimed at ending the perennial flooding in the state adding that the project would be replicated in other parts of the state.

Meanwhile, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Barrister Nasara Dan-Mallam said the Executive Council will send bills to the State House of Assembly for the establishment of Niger State Traffic Management Agency and the Bill to amend the Child Rights Act.

Barrister Dan-Mallam stated that the Bill, when passed by the state Assembly and assented to by the Governor, will lead to the creation of the Traffic Agency which will have a Management body and board saddled with the responsibility of enforcing traffic regulations, provide protection to road users and punish traffic offenders.

He stated that their activities will be streamlined with that of the Vehicle Office Inspection (VIO) to avoid conflicts, adding that they took a visit to understudy how it was being done in Kaduna and Kano states.

The Attorney General explained that amending the Child Rights Law that was assented to in 2010, is to allow for the establishment of Child Rights Protection Agency, and to give the Agency a legal backing to operate and enforce the rights of children especially at this time when child molestation, rape, and other sexual related vices are on the rise.

Mary Noel-Berje
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Niger state.

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