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May 27, 2024

Borno Gov Flags Off Road Construction, Pays 1bn Compensation to  Affected Farmers

Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum has flagged off the construction of 113 Maiduguri Ring road and handed over a N1 billion cheque to farmers affected by the development.

The project was embarked on  to open up the city, promote security for economic viability and address housing deficit within the state capital, Zulum noted during the flag-off of the first phase of the road construction along Maiduguri-Kano road, on Monday.

AgroNigeria gathered that N1.6 billion has been earmarked for the first phase of the compensation, out of which, the governor released N1 billion to the farmers.

Zulum noted that, with relative peace being enjoyed in Maiduguri, influx of people from different parts of the state and the country is impacting pressure on the resources, hence the need to open up the city to cater to the needs of the population.

He said: “So, there is a need for us to decongest the city with a view to achieving this very important objective, the government of Borno State decided to construct this ring road. This is the first phase of this ring road, 16.5 kilometers, and In sha Allah, as our economic situation improves, we would expand the scope of the work to cover the entire 113km of the ring road. to

“On this note, I declared the commencement of the 16.54km road open, today, 16th of May, 2024,” he said.

The governor further directed the Executive Secretary of BOGIS to ensure good layouts and avoid the past mistakes that caused congestion in the city centre.

“Since the compensation is paid, BOGIS should ensure that plots are properly demarcated with drainage and other side plans that include commercials and artisans areas with mosques, and it must be to the best standard.”

Plots, the governor explained, shall only be allocated to people that are ready to build, adding that he would invite investors to build houses while the state government would take a fair share in that investment.

In his own remarks, while briefing the governor at site, the Executive Secretary of Borno Geographic Information System, (BOGIS) Engr Adam Bababe, said the project would improve the living conditions of the populace.

He said the first phase is starting from the Kano road to Tungushe axis, covering about 3.6 km and extending to Chabbal 12.9km.

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