Borno awards N4.29bn contract for Maiduguri Customs area flyover

Borno Governor, Zulum initiated the flyover project

By Dauda R. Pam, Maiduguri

Borno State Government has awarded a contract for the construction of its first flyover bridge in the North-East to the Eighteen Engineering Company (EEC) at the cost of N4.287 billion to be constructed in Customs area of Maiduguri.

Signing the contract on behalf of  State Government, Commissioner of Works, Architech Yerima Saleh, said, “today we are going to witness a epoch making ceremony of awarding of 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 fulfilment of that promise we are witnessing this occasion,” Yerima 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 stressed.
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, Maiduguri 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, 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