Federal Road Safety Corps, Niger State Command on Saturday placed its personnel on the alert after heavy rains washed a portion of Minna-Bida Road away.
FRSC in a travel advisory issued by the Route Commander, EGIGOGO, Public Education Officer /PRO, FRSC, Niger State Sector Command, Raji Habibu, said a bridge at Daku Sabon Gida Village along Minna – Bida Road about 16 kilometers to Bida collapsed.
It warned trucks and tankers to stay away.
The road was among projects whose repairs were reportedly financed by the Federal Government’s N100 billion Sukkuk bond.
It added: "As such, the road is presently not motorable for Heavy duty trucks, Trailers and Tankers.
"In view of the above, Federal Road Safety Corps, Niger State Command is advising the motoring public to ply the following alternative route to avoid traffic hold-up and ensure free flow of vehicular Movement:
i. Vehicles coming from Abuja to follow Lambata – Lapai – Agaie – Bida enroute Mokwa -Jebba road.
ii. Vehicles coming from Bida are to follow Agaie -Lapai enroute Minna or Lambata as the case may be.
iii. While vehicles taking off from Minna to South West are advised to follow Paiko – Lapai -Agaie -Bida enroute Mokwa.
"Federal Road Safety Corps, Niger State Command will on Saturday 25/8/18 by 05:30am ensure diversion of all categories of Vehicles and complete closure of Minna – Bida and Bida – Minna road to ensure quick repairs of the bridge by the Niger State Ministry of Works which is presently on-going.
"On this note, the command is appealing to the general public to be patient and adhere strictly to the alternative roads provided and always abide by the traffic rules and regulations."
Photo of a distressed portion of the road