Paschal Emeka, Abuja
Following presentations at the Federal Executive Council meeting presided by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development received approximately N43.4 billion to construct a number of roads in the north, destroyed as a result of insurgency.
The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development presented four memos to the council on behalf of the North East Development Commission.
The roads in question cut across construction, and reconstruction for five states of the North East region, namely Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi.
For Borno, there are 22.5 kilometre road that is to be reconstructed, specifically Ngon-Koshode and Ngon-Dosmari-Zabamari-Kongologo-Kajari road with the contract sum of N13,553,902,668.95
The Minister of humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management, Mrs. Saddiya Umar explained that the second contract involves the reconstruction of 53 Kilometre Gombe-Abba to Kriffy Road in Gombe and Bauchi state in the contract sum of N11,697,355,449.61.
She said, “The other road is the 54 kilometre Mutai in Gudal Road in Yobe states with the contract sum of N12,199,182,845.70.
“The fourth one is the one for Adamawa State, Garkida road, it has a contract sum of N6,202,214,413.29 inclusive of 7.5 VAT. Garkida road in Adamawa state is located at the fringes of the Sambisa forest.
“All these roads are being taken into consideration and selected in conjunction with the State governments and other critical stakeholders. These roads are expected to stimulate our economic activities, enhance security and facilitate the freer movement of goods and people in these affected states within the zone.
“The ministry also is in collaboration with the Ministry of Works and Housing and in the co-funding of various roads in the Northeast region. As you’re aware, the North East Development Commission was established in 2017. To address issues of rebuilding, reconstructing, rehabilitating, and reintegrating the people of the Northeast who have been affected by the insurgency.
“We are also in partnership and collaboration with the Nigerian Society of Engineers in the area of engaging reputable local consultants for the design and supervision of the major works in line with the executive order five for promoting local content in science, engineering, and technology. All the four memos were considered and graciously approved by the council.”