By Bala Dauda, Damaturu
Gov Mai Mala Buni of Yobe has flagged-off the construction of 34-km Danchuwa-Jajere road worth over N5 billion.
Speaking at the occasion in Jajere, Fune Local Government Area, Buni disclosed that the project was in fulfilment of his promise to make the area accessible for socio-economic activities.
He noted that the road was on the drawing board since 1999 because various attempts to construct it failed as a result of several challenges.
Buni said Qumex Nig.Ltd, a construction firm, won the bidding for the contract of the project which would be completed with 18 months.
The governor directed the contractor to adhere to all specifications contained in the contractual agreement, adding that road construction was a priority of his administration.
“ The administration was confronted with the problems of insecurity, the 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,” Buni said.
The governor said the state had also recently awarded 25.3km of roads with corresponding concrete drainage of 50.6km 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 were supported with agricultural inputs.
Buni, therefore, enjoined benefiting communities in the area to support and co-operate with the contractor for timely completion of the project.
In his remarks, Mr Mallam Kyari, QUMEX’s representative, thanked the state for the trust it reposed in the firm and assured that the project would be completed within the stipulated period.