Abuja - The ongoing insurgency by the Boko Haram sect has hampered the construction of several road projects in Borno State, a senior official said.
Permanent Secretary and General Manager of Borno State Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA), Engineer Mohammed Abba Sanda stated this during a familiarization visit to the agency by the newly appointed Commissioner of Works, Usman Zannah.
Sanda said the terrorists have killed ten construction workers, seized some earth- moving equipments and brand new 4-wheel drive Hilux pickups. He lamented that this has caused work to be stopped on some road projects in the state.
The Permanent Secretary also enumerated shortages of working implements and low staff morale as part of problems militating against the agency's completion of most of the rural roads across the state.
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He said the agency under the present administration had successfully executed and completed road projects with improvement of Gamboru -Ngala federal road, roads and drainages at Tudun Wada, Bulumkutu, Maduganari wards of Maiduguri metropolis and the Miringa- Garbula-Gur road in Biu Local Government Area and numerous rural roads across the state.
Zannah sympathized with those who lost their loved ones as a result of the Boko Haram activities and prayed that Allah (God) grants them eternal rest to souls of the deceased and quick recovery for the injured.
He said the current administration had the highest number of rural roads under construction since the history of the state, especially the ongoing construction of roads and drainages in difficult terrains in the state and attributed it to adequate funding and prudent management of scarce resources at the disposal of the state government.=
Borno has been the state worst affected by the Boko Haram terror that has claimed thousands of lives and displaced more than a million in recent years.
- CAJ News