By Danladi Al-Hassan
Some protesting youths on Monday blocked the Suleja-Minna highway to protest the deplorable state of roads in Niger state.
The angry youths, under the auspices of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), also blocked the Bida-Minna road forcing motorists to look for alternative routes into and out of the state.
The youths, who carried placards with various inscriptions, vowed to continue their protest until their demands are met.
Mohammad Etsu, one of the Coordinators of the protest, said they will not stop until they are addressed by top officials of the Ministry of Works.
“We will not stop this protest for good roads until the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola address them,” Etsu said.
NAN reports that the Police and other security operatives fired teargas to disperse the youths but they remained adamant.
This resulted in heavy traffic piling up along the College of Education and the IBB Specialist Hospital while articulated vehicles drivers parked indiscriminately. A commuter, Alhaji Bashir Mohammad, told NAN that he parked his car at the specialist hospital and took a motorcycle to his office close to Government House.