By: Mo Ali/Medeshi
Somalilandsun – The Somaliland president laid today the corner stone for the construction of the road between Erigavo and Buroa.
The 375 kms road which will begin from Ina Afmadoobe village east of Burao will connect the Lasaanod Burao tarmac road built by the Chinese in the seventies to Erigavo through Saraar plateau.
Accessibility by road to Erigavo is often tiresome and time-consuming .Overland access to Erigavo, the capital of Sanaag, takes at least 12 hours on the nearest tarmac road that connects Burao and Lasaanod to Mogadishu. The distance between Erigavo and Buroa is approaximaltely 240 miles and is rugged and the current rough road zigzags through Adado Garadag mountains and El Afweye all the way through Yusfle to Erigavo.
The construction of the road will pave the way for the quick follow of trade between the fertile Sanaag region and the rest of Somaliland. Cash crops and other products grown in Sanaag can reach Hargeisa in less than a day when the road is finished . This will eliminate the dependence of the consumers on crops imported from Ethiopia as the current production in the western region cannot cover the local demand.
I had often written about the need of the construction of this road for the benefits of all Somalilanders and am happy that the wind is finally blowing in the right direction.