By Nabilu Balarabe
Governor Mai Mala Buni has flagged off the construction of the 34-kilometre Danchuwa-Jajere road in Yobe state.
Speaking at the occasion in Jajere, Buni said the project would cost over N5 billion, adding the gesture was in fulfilment of his promise to make the area accessible for socio-economic activities.
He said the road was on the drawing board since 1999 and various attempts to construct it failed due to various challenges.
Buni said the contract awarded to Qumex Nigeria Ltd would be completed within 18 months.
The governor directed the contractors to adhere to all specifications contained in the contractual agreement, adding that his administration accorded priority to road infrastructure development.
“The administration was confronted with the problems of insecurity; COVID-19 lockdown, and the global recession which impacted negatively on both the national and state economy.
“However, this administration bravely weathered the storm to construct over 30 township and inter-town road projects among other competing demands.
“ Today, most of these roads have been completed while some few are at appreciable stages of completion,” he said.
The governor said the state recently awarded 25.3km of roads with corresponding 50.6km of concrete drains in Damaturu, Potiskum, Gashua, Nguru and Geidam.
He said the state had also provided skill acquisition training to 100 youths in Jajere with a start-up capital of N150,000 each, while 500 farmers received inputs.
Buni, therefore, enjoined benefiting communities to cooperate with the contractor for the timely completion of the project.
In his remarks, Mr Mallam Kyari, QUMEX’s representative, expressed the readiness of the construction firm to complete within the stipulated period.