‘Insurgency stalls N33bn road, agricultural projects in Borno’

The Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast has stalled the completion of N33.22 billion roads and constituency projects in Borno state.

The 593-kilometre Kano-Maiduguri dualisation roads project awarded in 2005 was, however, stopped at Mainok village of Borno state, because of rampant Boko Haram insurgency.

Sen. Bashir Garbai, representing Borno Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly disclosed this last week in Maiduguri, while briefing journalists on non-completion of constituency projects.

He said insecurity to lives and properties at project sites has stalled the completion of roads, agricultural projects, including the
perimeter fencing of University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID), awarded at N2.6 billion.

“The N280 million skills acquisition, education and water supply constituency projects in Jere and Maiduguri Metropolitan
Councils (MMC) are to be completed in June.

“Boko Haram insurgency and insecurity to lives and properties of contractors and engineers handling the awarded projects; have stalled the completion of my constituency projects in Borno central senatorial district,” he said.

He added that the stalled projects included the agricultural empowerment projects in Jere, Konduga and Bama Local Government Areas.

According to him, the agricultural inputs, including over 200 water pumps and 2,400 sawing machines cannot he distributed to
beneficiaries, because of insecurity in liberated communities.

He assured that the N210 million Skills Acquisition Centre, education and water supply projects are to be completed and commissioned before handing them over to state government.

“Other stalled projects, included the N5 billion Maiduguri-Bama-Banki, N300 million Dikwa-Ngala and N23 billion Kano-Maiduguri dualisation roads projects and N120 million Trauma Centre in Borno state,” said Garbai.

He feared that the roads projects may not be completed, until lives and property are secured at project sites.


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