By Yakubu Uba
Gov. Babagana Zulum of Borno on Wednesday flagged off the rehabilitation of the 66 kilometre Maiduguri – Bama road.
The governor said the N6 billion project being executed in collaboration with the World Bank was part of the Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project.
Zulum said the road which was very vital to the economy of the state would later be extended from Bama to the commercial border town of Banki.
“This will open vista of opportunities for us to enhance trans-border trade that will increase livelihood of our people, particularly those displaced by the insurgency, ” Zulum said.
In his speech, the Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement, Mustapha Gubio, said the road was first constructed in 1954 and rehabilitated last in 1979.
Gubio said that the rehabilitation work when completed would uplift socio-economic activities of the people.
The commissioner said the rehabilitation plan showed that 98 structures and 374 persons would be affected.
According to him, N10.9 million has been released for the 374 persons whose livelihood would be affected by the project.
Also on Wednesday, Zulum inaugurated the township road at Zannari Ward, the Maiduguri Chest Clinic, healthcare clinics in Njimtilo and 707 Housing Estate in Abujan-Talakawa Ward.
Then he later laid the foundation for the building of a 50-bed Wulari Clinic and staff quarters.