Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum Thursday flagged-off N11.5 billion worth of construction works for eight major roads and two bridges sited in key parts of Maiduguri, the state capital.
A Chinese construction company, Eighteenth Engineering Company (EEC) and a Borno-based construction company, Obtuse Tech Engineering Company Limited are to deliver the roads in one year in respect of contract awards recently signed after biddings and other processes were completed.
Zulum performed the flag-off around the popular post office roundabout on Ahmadu Bello Way in Maiduguri.
The event was attended by the Deputy Governor, Umar Usman Kadafur; Secretary to the State Government, Usman Jidda Shuwa; State APC Chairman, Ali Bukar Dalori; commissioners and other top government officials.
The 10 construction works comprise dualising of Ahmadu Bello Way to Bama Road junction, Shehu Sanda Kura Road, Monday Market roundabout, Elkanemi roundabout and Mogoram to Lafiya Road with a bridge to be sited at Ahmadu Bello way linking Bama Road, and another bridge in the work that will connect Elkanemi roundabout to Lagos street junction.
Other construction works will cover Baga Road market- Jajeri – Umarari- Bulabulin and another one to link Texaco- Churchkime – Abdu One Roads.
The 10 roads and bridges, which will combine the coverage of 13.34 kilometres are among the 20 deliverables listed by Governor Zulum during his 2022 budget presentation at the Borno State House of Assembly back in November 2021.
Speaking at the flag-off, Zulum said the works were part of his administration’s urbanisation drive through infrastructural development as part of Borno’s recovery and development plan.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Engineer Ali Goni Lawan assured that supervisors would work closely with contractors to ensure a standard and timely delivery.