Minna-Bida Road: Islamic Development Bank approves US$86.64 million for upgrade
Abdul Mohammed Isa, Niger State.
The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has approved the disbursement of $86.64 million loan to Niger State Government in North Central Nigeria for the construction and upgrade of the 82-kilometer Minna-Bida road being handled by Dantata and Sawoe Company.
The Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, disclosed this in a statement by his spokesperson, Mary Noel Berje.
According to the statement, the Board of Executive Directors of the Bank gave the approval of the loan at its 341st meeting held on the sidelines of the IsDB Group Board of Governors’ 2021 Annual General Meeting in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The Board approved funds totalling US$110.14 million for three new development projects in Infrastructure, Water and Sanitation as well as Education to be executed in Nigeria (Niger State), Guinea and Sierra Leone.
“The upgrading of the Minna-Bida Road Project, which already in progress, is expected to contribute to the socioeconomic development of the State through the establishment of safe, efficient and cost-effective interconnections not only between Local Government Areas in the State but also amongst States of the Northern and South Western parts of the country,” added Gov. Bello.
Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, who further appreciated the effort of the IsDB for the timely approval of the funds stressed that the loan will hasten the completion of the road project according to specifications and on schedule.
The Governor also reiterated that the 82-kilometer Minna-Bida Road Project, on completion, will reduce travel time, vehicle operating costs, road maintenance cost, improved traffic flow as well as increased road safety.
The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is a Multilateral Development Finance Institution established in 1975 to support the development aspirations of its member countries.