With the return of relative peace to communities recently liberated from Boko Haram insurgents, the Borno State government is moving equipment back to the areas where the insurgency disrupted road projects.
Governor Kashim Shettima said on Tuesday that firms that abandoned the road projects he started in his first term in the southern part of the state had returned to site. The projects had been abandoned amidst attacks by Boko Haram insurgents.
Specifically, the governor said he expects rehabilitation of township roads in Biu and the construction of the 40-kilometre Miringa-Gunda road and bridges to be completed in the first quarter of next year.
Mr. Shettima disclosed this through the state’s commissioner for works, Adamu Lawan, who paid a courtesy visit to the Emir of Biu, Umar Aliyu, in Biu town.
The commissioner was on a week-long official engagement in the area, during which he inspected the commencement of roads and drainage projects.
“As you are aware, this government had embarked on massive projects in your area,” Mr. Aliyu said to the first class monarch. “But due to the activities of Boko Haram, the roads and drainages as well as other meaningful projects were at a point abandoned. Now that peace has returned, we have no option than to see to their completion”.
“We have been to the 40km Miringa-Gunda and other road projects that were abandoned and very soon we will mobilize our people back to sites for speedy completion”.
The Emir expressed his gratitude and noted that Biu Emirate deserves full attention for infrastructural development, in view of its economic potentials.
“We therefore plead with state government to intensify efforts in controlling the increasing cases of gully erosion and other ecological hazards threatening settlements, infrastructure and other sources of livelihood,” he said.
“Unless urgent measures are taken, the natural hazards would jeopardize the current effort of government in the zone. There is need for careful soil analysis before execution of any meaningful projects.”