By Gbenga Akingbule
The Borno Stete government says it will continue with its first flyover project even as precautionary steps are being taken against the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic.
The project is situated at the densely populated Customs Round About area of Maiduguri, the state capital and it’s expected to ease traffic congestion within the metropolis.
Already , over N100 Million have 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 the coronavirus Pandemic will not stall the ongoing road project.
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 flagg -off ceremony of this flyover project started in December 2019 . We are working within the workplan and we are expecting that by June 2021 this flyover project will be completed.” Saleh said
The Commissioner explained that flyover, when completed will assist to discongest traffic around the customs roundabout which also serves as gateway to Cameroon and Chad Republics .
He said the project will boost economic activities in and around the state as transportation of goods services among the three neighbouring countries of Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon will increase.
The General Secretary of EEC , Mohmmed 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, 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.