The Nigerian army has reopened the Maiduguri-Damboa road for the free movement of motorists to and fro Maiduguri, Borno State.
After 10 months of closure, the Army reopened the Maiduguri-Damboa road
The road which Naijauto gathered has been closed for over 10 months is the shortest route to various parts of Borno through Damboa.
The decision to close the road last year was to enable the Nigerian army to contain the road attacks of the terrorist group, Boko Haram.
While reopening the road on Tuesday, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.General Tukur Buratai assured the resident city and motorists of the army's commitment to control the activities of insurgents in the Northeast.
Damboa's District Head, Alhaji Zanna Maina, and the indigenes expressed their joy over the reopened road, stating that they're now emotionally and economically relieved.
The District Head told local media the road links 10 LGAs in Maiduguri-Damboa, and also Taraba and Adamawa States.
The Maiduguri-Damboa road was closed because of attacks from insurgents, Boko Haram
A commercial driver identified as Zakari Kafa stated that the road has brought easement to commercial drivers who ply the Maiduguri-Damboa road.
He disclosed that when the road was closed, they usually spend two/three days on the road before getting to Damboa, which made them travel 700 kilometers instead of 80/85 kilometers with the reopening of the Maiduguri-Damboa road.
With the reopening of this road, people will find it easier to reach Damboa; with lorries taking goods to Damboa, our economy will grow from now on.
Before now, these lorries find it difficult to take goods to Damboa but with this road, they can get to Damboa within two to three hours.
We are appealing to the Nigerian Army as well as the Federal Government to provide more personnel to help secure the road.
If the personnel are available, people will be confident to move, but if there is no security personnel on the road, people will be afraid to ply the road.
This road has been closed for more than 10 months now
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A commuter, Kachala Bukar, who frequently plies the route say, the reopening of the road will reduce the suffering of commuters who use the road.
Mr. Bukar revealed that people who are traveling to the Southern part of Maiduguri have to pass through Gombe, Una, Numan, and Chibok in other to get to Damboa due to the closure of the route.
We thank our governor for his effort toward ensuring the reopening of the road because before now, the masses who could not afford the cost of travelling long-distance and often trek for many hours.
We pray to God to protect him; to be able to carry out his lofty programmes for the benefit of the people.
The security agencies, especially the Nigerian Army, have done a lot; it was their efforts that led to the reopening of this road.
Even now, they are doing all possible to provide protection for the travellers on the road, which is commendable
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