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Four years after, Borno resumes roads projects




Amid gradual reduction in the activities of insurgents, the Borno State Government has resumed construction works in abandoned road projects and other infrastructural facilities in South Senatorial district of the state.

The projects were left uncompleted since 2012 due to higher incidences of insurgency. The abandoned roads; include the 40-kilomere Miringa-Gunda road; and 55-kilometre Damboa-Mbalala road that link several herding and farming communities in south senatorial district of the state.

The State Works and Transport Commissioner, Alhaji Adamu Lawan disclosed this at Biu while briefing the Emir of Biu, Umar Mustapha Aliyu on the resumption to complete roads and drainage projects.

He said with the return of peace, the state government’s resumption on completion of roads and drainage; include the rehabilitation of Biu Township roads; and the construction of the 40-kilometre Miringa-Gunda road and bridges.

“This road; which was abandoned due to insecurity; will also be completed in the first quarter of 2017, so that the herding and farming communities could evacuate their farm produce and livestock to markets and granaries.”

He explained that the one week inspection of roads projects in the senatorial district; was to take stock of suspended roads over insecurity, including an estimation costs to complete them.

“We are in your chiefdom, Your Majesty; to spend a week to inspect projects being executed by the Borno state government through the Borno Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA). As you are aware that the Kashim Shettima administration; had embarked on massive projects in your area. But due to activities of Boko Haram insurgents, the roads and drainage facilities; as well as other projects were at a point of being abandoned. Now that peace has returned, we have no option than to see to their completion.”

“We have visited the newly acquired quarry plant in Kwaya/Kusar Council Area; and the decision by government to acquire this plant became necessary. It will reduce costs of roads construction by 50 percent. I have been to the 40-kilometre Miringa-Gunda suspended road; and other roads projects that were abandoned over the activities of insurgents.

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