Borno Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has dedicated 15 heavy duty construction equipment worth half a billion Naira for the construction of Ngala/ Kala-Balge highway.
For ages during rainy season, residents of Kala-Balge have to relocate to Ngala as they are always cut off from civilization by flood,
In order to put an end to this, the Borno State Government is to commence the construction of a highway from Ngala to Kala-Balge local government areas through Rann.
The equipment, according to a press statement by the governor’s spokesman, Mallam Isa Gusau, include sets of heavy lifting cranes, graders, excavators, tar boilers, bulldozers, smooth, steel and pneumatic rollers, shift foot compactors, water tankers and hundreds of spare parts, all recently acquired by the Borno State Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA).
Shettima described communities’ in Kala-Balge as the most marginalised of the 774 local government areas in the country. He said the geographic location of the local government along the shores of the Lake Chad with difficult topogrraphy has made successive government in the Borno State to neglect the council, a development that is reducing the area to a near outcast. The Governor cited that due to lack of roads, it is impossible to access many communities in Kala-Balge during the rainy season. This he said, not only threatens socio-economic mobility but also makes the council vulnerable to security hostage situation.
He therefore directed BORMA to immediately deploy the equipment to focus on completing the road within the year. He also promised to liaise with security agencies to get military collaboration to support deployments and construction works.
The Agency’s Chairman, Engineer Satomi told Governor Shettima to expect the completion of all earth works within the next five months after which the roads will be tarred. He promised to deliver the road before Governor Shettima completes his tenure in May, 2019.