Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday flagged-off the foundation laying ceremony to construct the N3.4 billion nine-span Runjun Sambo flyover bridge in Sokoto.

The former president described the project as people-oriented that would ease transportation and enhance economic activities in the state.

He applauded Governor Tambuwal for this giant initiative to benefit the residents and infrastructural development across Sokoto state.

Obasanjo called on the people in the state to support government policies and cautioned them against any form of restiveness that would distract development.

Gov. Tambuwal, in his remarks, stated that the project, along with others were awarded to four construction firms for N10.9 billion. He urged contractors to ensure quality jobs as well as their timely completion for people to benefit.

“Transportation infrastructure is indeed the veins through which all activities for the socio-economic transformation of the social flow. This flyover at Runjun Sambo is one such project whose time is long overdue.

“It is one of the numerous legacy projects that will have a lasting impact on the life of our people and cause the facilitation of the development drive of our state,” Tambuwal said.

The State Governor also highlighted some of the projects under construction, such as the flyover bridge at Rijiyar Dorowa Roundabout and the dueling of Waziri Abbas Road. Others are the dueling of Maituta Road, Construction of Tashar Illela Achida Junction Road, all within Sokoto metropolis.

“Other projects on the drawing board include the 342 Housing Estate, completion of 500 Gidan Salanke housing estate, the provision of infrastructure for the Sokoto New City projects, and construction of the Southern Bypass,” he said.