Borno state government has taken over the construction of the 34km Damboa- Chibok- Mbalala federal road, which was neglected by present administrations in southern part of the state.
The government has also embarked on massive reconstruction and rehabilitation of the dilapidated Biu- Azare – Shaffa- Garkida federal highway linking Gombi local government area of Adamawa state, which was constructed more than 40 years ago.
Kashim Shettima, who was represented by his Deputy, Usman Mamman Durkwa at the flag-off ceremony of the roads construction on Friday said, government through Borno Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA), using direct labour, the state government saw the necessity against the backdrop of the deplorable condition of roads across the state.
He noted that relative peace and reopening of major roads was to enable free relocation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) back to their liberated communities before May 29th, 2018.
Shettima pointed out that the state government would also begin the dualisation of 185km Maiduguri-Damboa – Biu roads which cut across Sambisa Forests and the reconstruction of failed portions of about 30km Yimirshika- Sakwa- Marama- Kidang rural feeder roads to enable farmers convey their farm produce and do businesses at ease for economic development.
Speaking at the occasion, Chairman BORMA, Engineer Ahmed Satomi assured the people of Southern Borno Senatorial District that with the support the agency was getting from the state government, all deplorable roads, linking all parts of the state, would be rehabilitated and completed within the time frame, using resources at its disposal.
Satomi said although the state government was faced with a lot of economic challenges, particularly in the aspect of managing the Boko Haram crisis, BORMA was optimistic to ensure zero tolerance to potholes, considering availability of construction equipment and the workforce at its disposal.
In his remarks on behalf of the benefitting communities, Member Borno State House of Assembly, representing Hawul Constituency, Hon. Ayuba Wakawa thanked Governor Shettima for coming to the plight of the people.