BORMA Faces Series Of Attacks From Insurgents

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From. Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri

The Permanent Secretary and General Manager of Borno State Road Maintenance Agency (BORMA), Engineer Mohammed Abba Sanda has said that no fewer than 10 of his staff were killed or abducted, 12 working machinery were seized including earth- moving equipments/plants and brand new 4-wheel drive Hilux pickups trapped in high risk security areas in different parts of the state by insurgents.

wpid-Boko20Haram20Kills2010020In20Cameroon.jpgSanda disclosed this while briefing the newly appointed Commissioner of Works, Hon. Usman Zannah while on a familiarization visit to BORMA and inspection of some ongoing roads and drainage networks to assess the level of preparedness of the agency and the ministry complete all the projects before the expiration of the first tenure of Governor Kashim Shettima.
The Permanent Secretary also enumerated shortages of working implements, law staff morale as part of problems militating against smooth running of the agency complete most of its rural roads across the state, pointing out that despite these challenges, the agency under the present administration has successfully executed and completed road projects with improvement of Gamboru -Ngala federal road, constructed roads and drainages at Tudun Wada, Bulumkutu, Maduganari wards of Maiduguri metropolis and the Miringa- Garbula-Gur road in Biu Local Government Area and numerous rural roads across the state.
Responding, the Commissioner, Usman Zannah sympathized with those who lost their loved ones as a result of the Boko Haram activities and prayed Allah (God) to grant eternal rest to souls of the deceased and quick recovery for the injured.
Zannah disclosed that, governor Shettima’s administration has the highest number of rural roads under construction since the history of the state, especially the ongoing construction of roads and drainages in difficult terrains in the state and attributed it to adequate funding and prudent management of scarce resources at the state government disposal.
He assured that the Ministry of Works will present all BORMA’s problem to the state government for adequate attention as according to him, governor Shettima is committed to the development and total transformation of rural communities in the state, adding that, already, government has embarked on the construction of road linking the federal government’s 330KVA transmission sub-station along Maiduguri- Molai-Damboa -Biu Highway.
Zannah who also inspected the ongoing dualization of roads along Lagos streets and a bridge in Maiduguri metropolis, as well as the construction of roads, under direct labour in Mairi, London ciki.

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