Gombe State Government awarded contract for the construction of 52 roads at a cost of N30 billion in almost two years, Commissioner of Works and Infrastructure, Alhaji Shehu Hadi said yesterday.
Addressing newsmen in Akko LGA, Hadi said the projects comprised the 52 township roads in Gombe, rural roads in the local government areas and the inter-township roads in the three senatorial zones.
"These projects include the N6.3 billion road contract from Kanawa-Deba-Jegali-Jauro and the settlement of the projects we inherited from the last administration which is in the region of over N1 billion", he said.
He said N19 billion had been paid to the contractors handling the projects.
Hadi said the roads had opened up most of the rural areas as people now found it easy to transport their farm produce to the markets.
According to him, the massive provision of roads and infrastructure has also led to an increase in socio-economic activities within and outside the state.
"Before now, if you know this area, Tukulma, it is an agricultural environment because around Tukulma there is a wetland.
"They are into irrigation farming and most of their produce remains within their immediate environment; because of lack of access to other markets.
The commissioner commended the contractors for executing the projects to specification, adding that most variations were at the instance of the government which wanted to extend the scope of some projects.
Hadi had earlier led the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Rev. Habu Dawaki and other top government officials of the ministry on a tour of road projects in the state.