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APC, not going to be an enemy in Niger State– Gov. Aliyu

Governor Babangida Aliyu
Governor Babangida Aliyu

Niger State Government has the incoming All Progressive Congress (APC) government will not be hostile to his eight year rule concluding that the state is not expecting an enemy government in the state.

“It is not going to be enemy takeover in this state,” he said after commissioning of the Mamman Sanni Kontagora Building Materials Market in Minna, recently.

Aliyu was of the belief that the incoming government will continue all the capital projects started by his administration because of its relevance to the people of the state.

“Government is a continue process, government is not about stopping things started by another government,” he said.

Aliyu’s remarks was wanting to douse speculation by some section of the state who have been disobeying most of the laws made by the his government, especially the restriction of traders in building materials to the new building materials market and using of motor cycles for commercial rides.

“No matter who is in government the reconstruction of Minna as the Niger state capital to bring it in line with other state capitals in the country will continue, the cleanliness of the state capital must be maintained,” the Governor Aliyu said.

He disclosed that slon mechanics and furniture makers will move to their permanent sites as part of plans by the administration to further beautify Minna.

The governor warned that traders who opted to ply their trades within the town would have to pay higher taxes that could even eat into their capital.

Shedding light on the abandoned 5-star hotel under construction since the coming of the administration in 2007 Governor Aliyu said the project was a concept of a private developer pegged at N19bn and that government gave an instrument of N1.5bn.

He added that with the prevailing prices in the cost of building materials the developer is in the interim asking for a review of the memorandum of Understanding it signed with the state government.

The 1st phase of the new building materials market has 270 lock up shops while the second phase yet to be completed will have 260 shops.

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