Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has disclosed that the execution of some road projects in the state has been stalled by the activities of armed bandits.
Masari disclosed this while inspecting some ongoing road projects alongside officials from the state Ministry of Works.
He listed the roads affected to include Gurbin Baure to Shinfida to Batsari for which the contract has been awarded but the contractor could not mobilize to site as the area is part of the bandits-infested Rugu Forest, and the road from Birchi to Lambo to Wurma, and from Kurfi to Batsari for which the contract documents are ready but could not be awarded because of insecurity in the area.
“Officials have also surveyed and designed the proposed road from Danmusa to Maidabino to Tsamiyar Jino to Kankara but the contract could not be awarded as the axis is a bandits’ stronghold.
“Also affected is the road project from Kankara to Dansabau on the Katsina Zamfara state border and the road from Sabuwa to Dandume which were suspended due to to insecurity”.
Masari explained that the state government decided to construct the roads in view of their economic value as they would connect agrarian communities to markets and ease movement along local trade routes.
He said efforts were on by security agencies to curb the menace of armed banditry in the state.