BY NDAHI MARAMA
MAIDUGURI— BORNO State Governor Kashim Shettima has ordered the construction of the 50- year-old abandoned 38 kilometre Garubula-Gunda-Miringa road to link the area with the core agricultural areas of the state.
Shettima, who visited Miringa town, 220km away from Maiduguri, Tuesday, said he promised to construct the road if elected, adding that he awarded the contracts because of the priority his government accorded the project.
At the palace of the District Head of Miringa, Alhaji Maina Sanda, after the inspection, he said the project was important to the economic growth of the state.
Shettima also assured the people that the road would be completed soonest and directed the state ministry of works to, as a matter of urgency to award sub-contracts for the construction of all culverts on the already completed Gur feeder road within 30 days so that the benefitting communities start using it.
He further ordered the immediate release of a 33 KVA tranformer to ensure the connection of the area to the national grid just as he directed the Ministry of Environment to carry out a feasibility study of Miringa township road and forward a proposal on construction of drainage to his office for immediate consideration and approval.
Shettima lamented that Miringa had been neglected despite its strategic position in the state, and further directed the Ministry of Water Resources to drill some boreholes for the people.
Replying, Alhaji Sanda commended the state government for paying special interest on the road, which, agitation for its construction, he added, started in the sixties when the area, was under Biu Local Council in the defunct Sardauna Province.
According to Sanda, past governments were not interested in the development of the area, despite its immense agricultual potentials, pointing out the people would ever remain grateful to Governor Shettima for providing them with the dividends of democracy.
Care-taker Chairman of Biu local government, Yusuf Adamu, also commended the governor for his magnanimity even as he said that the new Gunda-Miringa-Garubula road would not only open up the area, which he described as the food basket of the state but link the state to the Ashaka Cement factory in Gombe state.