The Minister of State for Works and Housing, Engineer Abubakar D. Aliyu has said that construction workers have returned to Damaturu-Maiduguri highway to complete the remaining 45km stretch between Jakana and Auno.
Aliyu had on 26 September 2020, said the Chinese contractor, CCECC, would return to the site and complete the project as soon as the insecurity prevalent in the area is tackled.
The minister, who announced this on his official Twitter handle, said: “We’re glad to announce to the general public, especially those plying the Damaturu-Maiduguri road, that work has resumed at the Jakana-Auno stretch where the work was stopped for some time due to security challenges. We will try our best to deliver in due course.”
The minister said the construction firm had done up to 95 kilometres of the road from Damaturu to Maiduguri.
“Specifically, the remaining stretch of the road, which starts from Jakana-Auno Maiduguri, measuring about 45 kilometres couldn’t be completed because of insecurity,” he said.
Aliyu at that time urged motorists to be patient as all hands are on deck to alleviate the suffering of the motorists by ensuring that the project is completed in due course.
The Damaturu–Maiduguri road is the fifth section of the Kano-Maiduguri road reconstruction and dualisation project being executed by President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.