The Borno State Government has reopened the Maiduguri-Dikwa road after a closure that lasted for 5 years due to the Boko Haram insurgency in the region.
The Borno State Government reopened the Maiduguri-Dikwa road after 5 years of closure
Naijauto,com learned the decision to close the 86km road to motorists and commuters in 2015 came about when the activities of the terrorist group reached its climax in the North. However, the governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum, reopened the road on Sunday, in the company of Maj-Gen Olusegun Adeniyi, the Theater Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, and Brigade General Abdul Khalifa, the General Officer in charge of 7 Division, Operation Lafiya Dole.
In his opening remark, Gov.Zulum lauded the efforts of the Nigerian military towards combating the Boko Haram terrorist group that have been attacking motorists and people in Borno State.
He further assured that the reopened road would restore socio-economic activities in the state, with emphasis on the fishing business popular in the region.
He stated that with improved security, motorists would ply the road freely without being escorted by the military.
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The governor cautioned the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) along with other unions against escorting commuters and motorists plying the highway.
The Nigerian law does not prohibit the transportation of good within the state. So therefore, you cannot ask a driver to pay money for transporting sachet water anywhere within the state.
How can you transport pure water and tomatoes and you are ask to pay N19, 000 for a six-tyre vehicle.
This government and the people will fight to see an end to these activities in Borno.
Governor Zulum also donated 6 patrol vehicles to the Nigerian military to help combat insurgency in the region
Gov. Zulum also used the occasion as an opportunity to donate six patrol vehicles to the army stationed at Mafa, saying that it was his way of supporting the federal government's determination to reduce insurgency.
Maj-Gen Adeniyi, on his own part, warned NURTW officials against demanding unnecessary levies and charges on road users which will expose them to hardship.
It is generally known that it is very difficult for business to thrive if there is no peace and security. It is also a known fact that Boko Haram is using some of the fishing businesses to fund their campaign of terror.
He also cautioned the community against providing monetary assistance to the Boko Haram group.
If we find you collaborating with Boko Haram or given them gratification secretly, we will stop you from doing the fishing activities
The NURTW Chairman of Borno State, Alhaji Bello Moduganari and the head of Fish Farmers Association of Nigeria, Alhaji Abacha Mandala appreciated the state government for reopening the road.
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