Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, had this week laid the foundation block for yet another motor park in Maiduguri, the state capital.
The new motor park was to replace an existing Bama Road Park which is to be relocated when the project is completed.
Constitutionally, markets and motor parks are the sole responsibility of the local government councils, and not the state government.
Governor Zulum said old Bama park, located by the roadside, has continued to constitute traffic jams along the way.
He said the state government decided to move the park to a new site to help ease the inconveniences at its choked up location. The Bama park also hosts a mini-open market.
The governor said his administration has set aside N2 billion for the construction of an ultramodern motor park and corner shops.
Governor Zulum said his government plans “to build a mega secondary school at the site of the old park”.
The state commissioner for trade and investment, Yerima Kareto, said the new park has been designed to accommodate 373 lock-up shops and
220 market stalls.
The new park, built on a
4.9 hectares of land will also come with open stores, a bus terminal, and toilet facilities.
The project was awarded to ten contractors whom he said had been mobilized to the site.
The highpoint of the event was the foundation block laying by Governor Zulum who urged the contractors to stick to prescribed standards of work and ensure the project is completed within the specified 18 months.
Maiduguri has about eight major motor parks spread across the city.