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The Niger State government has directed all contractors handling various projects to return to sites amidst the novel Coronavirus pandemic.

Governor Abubakar Bello gave the directive when he inspected some road projects under construction in Minna, the state capital.

According to Mr Bello, life can not be put on hold because of the spread of the Coronavirus.

Niger State has 22 cases of COVID-19, according to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

“Normal life activities has to continue as it is not definite when the pandemic will be over, therefore, government has moved on,” the governor said.

He called on those handling the various projects to observe all the precautionary measures put in place to avoid contracting and spreading the virus.

The governor, however, expressed satisfaction with the level of work ongoing, noting that more pressure would be put on the contractors to complete their work before the rains set in.

He noted that any contractor found to be defaulting for not executing a project within the stipulated time would have their contract terminated.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that among the projects inspected were Moris and Tunga low-cost 4-kilometre township road reconstruction projects awarded in 2017 with 14 months completion period at the cost of N2.4 billion.

Other projects inspected were the ongoing road construction at Morris fertilizer Area and Tunga Low-Cost


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