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‘Maiduguri Custom flyover major boost to North East economy’

By our correspondent

Timely completion and commissioning of the first flyover in the North-East by President Mohammadu Buhari in December 2021 has been a major boost to the economy of Borno State and the whole of the north east, residents and stakeholders have said.

It would be recalled that the bridge was designed to ease the notorious gridlock within the Customs House area, a roundabout that links the city to international highways leading to Cameroon and parts of Central Africa.

They observed that since its completion the bridge has been a big boost to economic activities in the state and beyond.

One of the residents who spoke on the issue, Ado Ibrahim, a transporter who said he has been using the route for over two decades noted that there has been remarkable improvement in traffic in the area.

“Before this flyover was completed, there was heavy gridlock in this area and many of our drivers spent hours trying to navigate the gridlock, several working hours were lost by commuters and businesses around here were bad.

“But since the completion of this bridge it has greatly improved free flow of traffic in this area which has in turn increased economic activities.

“Many people who used to avoid this area as a result of the traffic situation no longer have any fear coming here to do their businesses as a result of the free flowing traffic.

“We must commend our government for constructing this bridge and the contractor, Eighteenth Engineering Company, EEC for the quality of work and for completing the bridge in time”, he said.

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