Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:10 pm
Yobe state government in collaboration with the Nigerian Army on Saturday re-opened the 132km Damaturu-Biu federal road, which was blocked three years ago by Boko Haram insurgents.
The reopening of the road, a major link between Yobe and southern part of Borno, was done at Buni Yadi.
Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, Chief of Army Staff, said at the occasion that the road was strategic to the economic well being of Yobe as it linked the state capital with many communities.
He said reopening of the road would boost economic activities of Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Gombe State.
“This will also impact positively on the current military operations in the area by boosting the achievement of the troops,” he said.
Buratai charged the Yobe government to accelerate work on the reconstruction of the road to encourage vibrant economic activities.
Yobe Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam, in his speech, commended the army and other security agencies for restoring peace in the state.
Geidam, represented by the Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Sirajo Wakil, assured that the state government would reconstruct the road.
The governor said the state government would liaise with the army engineering corps to reconstruct the road.