Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Yahaya has flagged off the road construction project through Mallam Inna-Kurba-Titi and Kundulum, which covers 11.5 kilometres.
The project is being re-awarded by Governor Yahaya, after construction work could not be executed by the last administration when was first awarded in 2017.
It was awarded at the cost of over N1.7 billion, to Tinka Point Construction Company, which has now been re-awarded, at the same amount.
Assuring the people in Kurba and Kundulum, the Governor said, “in one week’s time, the initial payment would be made for the contractor to begin work on the 8.5 kilometre road from the Gombe State University to Kurba and another three kilometres to Kundulum from a point on the Kurba road”.
The road through Kurba, which is being re-awarded for construction, used to be the major road to Maiduguri, Borno State, before the construction of the railroads in 1960.
However, residents of the area complained of spending about one thousand Naira to get there from Gombe and a lot more in taking farm produce to the markets in Gombe.
According some residence, “because of the hardship we have endured, we have been making efforts for about 16 years to reach the government to construct a tarred road linking Kurba with the Gombe metropolis, where we can access better healthcare facilities, markets and other incentives.”
For Governor Yahaya, the dream of the people in Kurba and its surroundings was about to be fulfilled.
“It’s a priority of the government to open up the rural areas and bring development to the people. That is why we started with this and we will extend this gesture to the rest of the state. And I believe, by the time we open up, agricultural production and productivity will increase. Healthcare will equally get improved and provision of education and other good materials that are needed for human life will be made available to the people,” Governor Yahaya said.
The Permanent Secretary, Gombe State Ministry of Works, Saleh Miyim, highlighted some of the difficult terrains that would be constructed in the project.
“This is very difficult, because immediately after one place we call Wuro Kesa, there are big streams which is about four,” said Miyim.
The Chairman of the Kurba Community Development Association, Yakubu Kurba, thanked the State Governor for remembering them in their plight and was grateful for the commitment to wipe their tears.