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Construction Of Borno First Flyover Continues Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

By: Gbenga Akingbule

Deipite the Coronavirus pandemic, construction work is currently ongoing at the customs area of Maiduguri Metropolis where the first flyover project in Borno state is being constructed.

The flyover project is also the first of its kind in the Northeast region which is being troubled by the decade-long Boko haram insurgency.

Already, over N100 Million has been expended to compensate residents whose properties have been touched due to the ongoing construction work.

Both the state government and Eighteen Engineering Company (EEC) saddled with the responsibility of constructing the over N4 billion flyover said the coronavirus Pandemic will not stall the ongoing road project.

Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Zulum

Briefing reporters at the project site on Wednesday, the state Commissioner of Works, Architect Yerima Saleh, said the flyover project is expected to be completed in 18 months, adding that the state government is not mulling any form of extension insisting that the completion date of the contract remain sacrosanct.

“We have taken all precautionary measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic but I want to assure that the flyover project will continue.

“We have agreed with the contractors that there won’t be any extension of time. Besides, most of the materials and equipment for the project are already on ground.

“The flag-off ceremony of this flyover project started in December 2019. We are working within the work plan and we are expecting that by June 2021 this flyover project will be completed,” Saleh said.

The Commissioner explained that, the flyover, when completed will assist to decongest traffic around the customs roundabout which also serves as gateway to Cameroon and Chad Republic.

He said the project will boost economic activities in and around the state as transportation of goods and services among the three neighbouring countries of Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon will increase.

The General Secretary of EEC, Mohammed Bello said the construction company is continuing with the execution of the flyover, saying restriction of movement in some parts of the country will not hinder supply of equipment.

“We have all the necessary materials and equipment on ground that will last for two months, we however pray and hope that governments accros the world will soon find solution to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bello said.

Meanwhile, the state government has also commenced the construction of roads and drainages in different parts of the state to boost economic activities in the popular spare parts market and improve the living standards of the densely populated Abuja Sheraton area of the metropolis.

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