Governor Zulum Delivers on Promise with Start of Second Flyover Bridge Construction

By Abdulkareem Haruna

MAIDUGURI, BORNO STATE – In a bid to improve transportation infrastructure and ease traffic congestion, the construction of a second flyover bridge has been flagged off in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The Humanitarian Times believes the bridge is a priority project for the state government and is being built at the cost of 5.8 billion naira. Governor Babagaba Zulum promised the construction of the flyover during the 2023 state budget presentation, and the fulfilment of this promise is a testament to his commitment to the development of the state.

The new flyover, located at the Borno Express Terminus junction, will improve traffic flow in the area and reduce travel time for commuters.

The existing Customs flyover bridge, completed in 2021, has already positively impacted traffic flow in the city. The addition of a second bridge is to ease congestion further and improve transportation efficiency.

The 5.8 billion naira budgeted for the construction of the flyover is justifiable, given the benefits it will bring to the people of Maiduguri. The project is expected to create jobs for many state residents, both during the construction phase and after its completion. In addition, the flyover will increase access to markets and businesses in the area, boosting economic growth and development.

Furthermore, the construction of the flyover aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to create sustainable, inclusive, and resilient communities. The project will improve transportation infrastructure, vital to achieving SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure. It will also create job opportunities, which aligns with SDG 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Speaking at the flag-off ceremony, Governor Zulum emphasized the importance of the project, stating that it will ease not only traffic congestion, but also the city’s aesthetic appeal of the city. He also expressed his commitment to completing the project within the stipulated time frame and ensuring it is built to the highest standards.

The construction of the second flyover bridge in Maiduguri is a much-needed development that will positively impact the economy and quality of life for residents of the area. The project is a priority for the state government, and its budget is justifiable, given its potential benefits. 

Zulum at the groundbreaking ceremony for the 2nd overhead bridge. Credit: ICTv24

The second flyover bridge in Maiduguri is part of a larger effort by the Borno State government to improve transportation infrastructure and promote economic development. The state government has prioritized road construction and rehabilitation to connect improving communities and improve access to markets and services.

In addition to the flyover bridge, the state government is constructing new roads and rehabilitating existing ones. 

In January flagged-off N11.5 billion worth of construction works for eight ignificant roads and two bridges sited in critical parts of Maiduguri, the state capital. Most of these have either been completed or are at the tail ends of their completion. 

These projects are aimed at improving connectivity within the state and enhancing economic growth. They also align with SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, which seeks to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.

The construction of the second flyover bridge has been welcomed by residents of Maiduguri, who have expressed optimism about its potential benefits. Many residents believe that the bridge will not only ease traffic congestion, but also improve security in one of the fastest-growing cities in Africa. 

The construction of the flyover bridge is also a reflection of the state government’s commitment to fulfilling its promises to the people. Governor Zulum has made several promises to improve the lives of residents of the state, and the construction of the flyover is just one of the many initiatives he has embarked on to achieve this goal. 

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