By Ndahi Marama, Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum on Thursday flagged off the dualization and construction of about N10.8 billion which were contracted to the Eighteenth Engineering Company (EEC) and Obtuse Tech Engineering Company limited.
Highlights of the contract allocations indicated that about N8.076 billion to EEC, while N2.8 billion to Obtuse Tech Engineering Construction Company Limited,
The road projects cited within the Maiduguri metropolis are to be executed within a period of one year (12 months), as it will also have two bridges and drainage contained in the specifications and guidelines approved in the contracts.
Our correspondent also observed that, with these projects, the ministry has almost exhausted half of its 2022 budget in the first quarter of the year, as about N22.9 billion was allocated to it.
The ceremony which was brief took place at Post Office Roundabout.
Zulum said the ongoing construction of roads, drainage networks with flyover bridges were in line with his electioneering campaign promises made to the people of the state.
He enjoined the contractors to ensure a good job as the government will not compromise poor execution of projects.
The governor also called on the management and staff of the Ministry of Works and site engineers to monitor the projects work from commencement to end.
“I am glad to unveil the dualization and construction of about N11 billion roads and drainage within Maiduguri metropolis.
“The projects were allocated to International and Indigenous construction firms which are Eighteenth Engineering Company (EEC) and Obtuse Tech Engineering Company limited.
“The massive ongoing construction of roads, drainage networks with flyover bridges witnessed under the present administration was in line with my electioneering campaign promises I made to the people of the state.
“I, therefore, enjoined the contractors to ensure a good job as the government will not compromise poor execution of projects,” Zulum stated.
Conducting the governor round the project sites within the metropolis, the Permanent Secretary who oversees the ministry following the redeployment of the former Commissioner, Architect Yerima Saleh to the Ministry of Environment said, “the first slot of the road projects is the 5.324km combined dualization with drainages and two bridges at Ahmadu Bello Way to link Bama road, Shehu Sanda Kura road at the cemetery junction linking the Elkanemi Roundabout through to Elkanemi Bridge, down to Lagos junction and Bolori Roundabout to Mogoram Junction down to Lafiya road which was awarded to EEC at the cost of about N8.076 billion.
“The second slot is the 8.2km road construction, consists of Baga road market- Jajeri – Umarari- Bulabulin with another one linking Texaco- Churchkime – Abdu One road at the total cost of about N2.8 billion which was awarded to Obtuse Tech Engineering Company limited.”
Lawan recalls that in September last year 2021, tender/bid documents in respect to these projects were advertised in some national dailies, after which, companies were invited for the bid, adding that, EEC and Obtuse Tech Engineering Company won and considered executing the projects.
“We commend the foresight of governor Babagana Zulum for approving these projects as these roads are very vital to the people of the state.
“I want to assure the government and the people of the state that our Engineers from the Ministry will always be on sites to offer professional advice(s) as the need be to ensure a good job.” The Permanent Secretary stated.
Responding, the Project Engineer of EEC, Mr Li Chao Qi and Managing Director, Obtuse Tech Engineering and Construction Company, Engineer Umar Sheriff Lawan thanked Borno State Government for considering worthy to execute the road projects and assured that they will do everything possible to meet specifications and complete the work within the time frame.