Abuja - The Borno State Government has delayed work on on a major teachers' housing estate named after the first Minister of Petroleum, Dr Shettima Ali Monguno, because of the Boko Haram crisis.
Project Supervisor, Dauda Buratai, disclosed the deferment during inspection visit by the Governor Alhaji Ibrahim Shetima.
He said insurgency activities by Boko Haram cut supplies of materials to the site of the project in Maiduguri.
"The project could have been complete by now but there is inability to get laterite, which is mostly sourced from an area affected by insurgency activities into Maiduguri," Buratai said.
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He said that unlike other over 2 000 houses constructed by the state government, which are near completion as they were built with normal brick, the teacher’s villages were constructed with special bricks as requested by Vice President Namadi Sambo.
Sambo laid the foundation stone for the project in February last year.
Buratai said despite the cut in supplies, 131 units of two bedroom flats had been fully completed and ready for commissioning while 108 were almost complete.
He said they chose to use sand crease as an alternative so as to speed the completion of the project, noting that the building would still be of standard.
The governor called for speedy completion of the project and cautioned contractors against using substandard materials.
He said his administration was committed to delivering 2 500 houses and apartments in different locations in Maiduguri.
- CAJ News