Yobe Earmarks N11.7 billion For Road, Market Projects
The Yobe state government has earmarked N11.7 billion for the execution and completion of roads and market projects across the state.
The four roads to be constructed include Potiskum, Gashu’a and Geidam pavement reinforced roads, covering 12.8 kilometres.
While announcing the earmark by Yobe State Executive Council (SEC) meeting Thursday in Damaturu, the Commissioner of Information, Abdullahi Bego disclosed that N494.14 million compensation was approved for owners of property acquired to construct Potiskum and Nguru modern markets.
In a breakdown of roads to be built, he said: “The sum of N583 million is for the construction of 2.5 kilometre flexible pavement road with 5.2km rectangular reinforced concrete drainage in Potiskum,” adding that the council also ratified N864 million for the construction of 3.2 kilometre road in Nguru.
According to him, the Gashu’a 2-kilometre road with drainages, are also to be built and completed at N593.1 million.
He said that the Geidam two-kilometre road will gulp N550.5 million with 4-kilometre concrete drains.
Speaking of the Damaturu metropolis roads, he said: “The council earmarked N930.8 million for the construction of 5.3km road,” adding that it will link the Potiskum dual carriageway to Gujba dual carriageway.
“The state government has approved N2.6 billion for the construction of Nguru market with N195.8 million compensation,” he said, while N2.9 billion was ratified for the construction of the first phase of Potiskum Truck Transit Park.
“The council also approved N800.1 million for revised additional works on Damaturu modern market project.
“Another N669.8 million also earmarked for additional electrical works at the Damaturu International Cargo Airport,” noting that the completion could boost economic activities to raise more internally generated revenues (IGR).
He believes that as relative peace returns, more people will continue to visit Damaturu, the state capital for business and work.
He added that the State Integrated Financial Management Information System (SIFM) of eight Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are to be connected at N370.4 million.
According to him, the provision of 14 SOCOOL 4X4 Diesel Vehicles to the State Roads Traffic Agency (YOROTA) will also cost N315 million.