The government of Nigeria has flagged off the construction work of 11.5km road linking Malaminna-Kurba-Titi up to Kundulum communities.
Speaking during the flag off ceremony, Gombe State Governor Inuwa Yahaya, said the road will be the first to be constructed by his administration, and the aim is to link the communities with the state capital to boost agriculture and commercial activities.
“The road will support agriculture and grant access to the Dadin Kowa power plant. It will also help in security logistics, to move personnel and attend to distress calls,” said Inuwa Yahaya.
Construction works is expected to be completed in 15 to 18 months. Communities set to benefit include; Gombe, Yamaltu/Deba, Kwami and Akko Local Government Areas of the state.
“Road construction is one of the priorities of this administration. That is why we started with these communities and we will extend to other parts,” said the governor.
The road project is said to have provided employment for more than 618 skills and unskilled workers in the area. The implementation of these projects has not only trained a large number of local workers and promoted local employment, but also greatly improved the local people’s livelihoods.
“We hope to deepen cooperation with the Nigerian government on production capacity through the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by the Chinese government, so as to create more benefits for the people in Nigeria,” said Gov Yahaya.
Largest road network in West Africa
Nigeria has the largest road network in West Africa — 108,000km of surfaced roads 32,000km of which has been built and is managed by the Federal Government. The country’s most important highways run from South to North.