Niger: Trailer, tanker drivers block Minna-Bida road over nine month govt closure

Activities in the ancient city of Bida, Bida Local Government Area of Niger State came to a standstill as trailer and tanker drivers blocked all entry routes into the town.

The drivers obstructed vehicular movement on the busy highway in the area, using their used articulated vehicles.

The protesters insisted that they were not going to suspend the protest until the Niger State government reopens the Bida Minna road.

It was gathered that the protest followed the nine months closure of the Minna-Bida road to trailer drivers.

The blockage had forced the drivers to turn to Bida-Lapai-Lambata roads, which has also become worse as they spend days before reaching their destinations.

A resident of the area who confirmed the situation said movement within the town has become difficult due to the protest of the trailer drivers.

The resident said all major roads including some street routes in the town have been obstructed by cars.


“The current situation for motorists in Bida town is really very disturbing. We call on the state government to intervene in this situation,” Ode Mohammed who confirmed the development, he, however, lamented the current situation for motorists in Bida.

Soje Mohammed another resident said, ” the entire roads into Bida have been blocked such as Gbazhi area before Emirs palace, Esso, Siriku junction. This also includes some street routes that have been blocked by residents due to the influx of vehicles”.

It would be recalled that the Niger State Government had closed the Minna-Bida road to trailers, tankers and other articulated vehicles to ensure speedy completion of ongoing construction work which started over a year ago.

As at the time of going press, the State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Wasiu Abiodun could not be reached on the telephone.