Despite insurgency, Borno Spends N20 Billion On Roads

Governor Kashim Shettima
Governor Kashim Shettima

The Borno State government has said that it has spent about N20 billion in the past six years on road construction and rehabilitation despite the insurgency ravaging the state and other parts of the North east.

The Borno State commissioner for Works and Transport, Adamu Lawan made this known on Wednesday while conducting members of the State House of Assembly round projects being undertaken by the ministry.

The cvommissioner lamented that in spite of the government’s plans and beat intentions, the prolonged insurgency in the state had rubbished efforts at roads construction and maintenance.

He said that road projects have had to be limited to Maiduguri metropolis because the insurgency had made movement to other parts of the state difficult, adding that thos which ere commended were eventually abandoned by contractors who fled Boko Haram attacks.

Lawan also lamented that the cost of road construction in the state has gone up astronomically as materials have to be transported from places. He pointed out, for example, that bitumen and tar have to be transported from Kano and Kaduna as the areas where they can be gotten from within the state have remained close due to insurgency.




     

     

    The chairman of the Borno State House of Assembly’s Works committee, Abdullahi Askira, who led the legislators on the tour expressed happiness at the pace of work on the projects.

    He said he was particularly pleased with the projects undertaken directly by the ministry through direct labour, observing that they were better executed that the one given to contractors.

    Some of the project sites visited include the 11.6km Bulumkutu-Tsallake road built at

    N4.3 billion, N104 million remodel Government Guest House, two new sets of Presidential Lodges, new government lodges and pockets of bridges under construction,

     

     

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