From DAUDA PAM, Maiduguri
Borno State Government BOSG has awarded a contract for the construction of it’s first Fly over bridge in the Northeast to the Eighteen Engineering Company (EEC) at the cost of N4, 287 billion to be constructed in Customs area of Maiduguri city.
Signing the contract on behalf of state government, Commissioner of Works, Architect Yerima Saleh, said, “today we are going to witness an epoch making ceremony of awarding contract for the construction of the first flyover bridge in the Northeast at Customs area in Maiduguri.
“ The construction of the flyover, slated to commence this December,is as a result of His Excellency’s concern for the difficulty in traffic congestion in Post Office and Customs areas,.
“It could be recalled that immediately after his swaerning in as the governor, he took a visit to Post Office area and promised to construct a fly over. Today in fulfillment of that promise we are witnessing this occasion “, Yerima Saleh, added.
He said “ the contract for the construction of the Fly over was approved by the State Executive council in our last meeting.
“And agreed to execute the contract in 18 months without additional cost according to the design at the stipulated time and quality”, Yerima added.
Speaking at the occasion, the Borno state Commissioner for Finance Alhaji Adamu Lawan said “I congratulate the EEC for wining this contract, the state government is willing to pay as at when due, we are not going to default in payment.
“ With the construction of flyover, Maudugri is going to migrate from rural city to Modern city”, Lawan said.
Similarly,Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Babakura Abba Jatau, urged Maiduguri residents to be patient during the period of the construction, as the project will put Maiduguri in some temporary difficulties but after the 18 months they will smile because it will ease traffic in the area.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary Ministry of works, Engr. Ibrahim Njidda, said ,” the signing and awarding of the contract for the construction of Fly over in Customs area is a great landmark in the history of Borno state and the Northeast in general as it is the first ever flyover in the region”.
Responding, on behalf of the Eighteen Engineering Construction,EEC, company, the Managing Director, Mr. Quin Weiguo thanked Borno State Government for considering them worthy of the contract saying “, I assure you we are going to do our best to construct a befitting flyover in Custom area within the stipulated time and quality.
“We will work hand in hand with the government to ensure successful completion of the flyover “, Quin said.