The Nigeria Army yesterday re-opened the Damaturu-Biu road which was closed down three years ago due to the activities of members of the Boko Haram sect.
The road is a major link between Yobe and southern Borno State, where most agricultural and economic activities in the area take place.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen Tukur Buratai, who spoke to newsmen, said the road was re-opened due to improved security in the area, and its socio-economic significance to Yobe and Borno States.
He said the road re-opening is another milestone in their collective resolve to end insurgency and fast -track the return of normalcy to the area.
“Few weeks ago, the Maiduguri-Damboa-Biu road was re-opened. Road re-opening will continue in all other affected areas to ensure that law-abiding citizens go about their legitimate businesses while encouraging socio-economic activities to go on unhindered in this axis without fear of molestation or harm.
“The road is vital to the economy of Yobe and Borno, considering the large scale economic activities taking place in the southern part of the state,” he said.
He said the Army will continue to protect lives and property of all law-abiding citizens plying the road, while urging returnees to provide timely information on elements of the Boko Haram, to security agents.
He commended the troops for “their courage and untiring efforts towards securing the communities and nation”.
He charged the state government to call on contractors handling the road project to resume work.
Yobe State Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by his Commissioner for Works, Alhaji Mohammed Surajo Wakil, assured that the state government would mobilize the contractors back to work, while seeking collaboration with Army engineers to complete the road project.
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