By Mercy Osajiugo
Lapai (Niger) – The Student Union Government (SUG) of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai, has called on Niger Government to rehabilitate the Paiko-Lapai road to facilitate easy movement of students as the new academic session begins.
The SUG President, Mr Abubakar Mahmud, made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lapai on Thursday.
Mahmud said that the road was in a deplorable state and adversely affecting socio-economic activities in the area.
According to him, if the road is in good condition, the journey from Paiko to Lapai will not take more than 25 minutes.
He lamented that the deplorable state of the road had made it a journey of one hour, adding that transporters capitalised on the bad state of the road to charge high fares from passengers.
The student leader further blamed the incessant armed robbery attacks on students plying the road to its bad state, stressing that when the road is repaired it will also reduce the number of accidents.
“My predecessors had solicited government’s intervention on the rehabilitation of the road but up till now no meaningful thing has been done,” he said.
He said the poor state of the road was particularly worrying in view of the fact that both students and lecturers shuttle the road from Minna on daily basis for their academic activities.
The SUG president also urged the university management to repair the road from the university’s second gate to Lapai to ensure the security and comfort of students.
“The road from the second gate that leads to town has been abandoned by the management, they should understand that 80 per cent of the students use that road because they live off campus,” Mahmud said.