- Bashir Ahmad, a presidential aide, has suggested that the Second Niger Bridge could serve as one of the lofty achievements of the Buhari administration
The presidential aide made the statement in a tweet on Sunday, May 17
The federal government is hoping to complete the Second Niger Bridge before the 2022 completion date
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The personal assistant to the Nigerian president on new media, Bashir Ahmad, has suggested that the Second Niger Bridge when completed could serve as one of the lofty achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari's administration.
Ahmad in a tweet on Sunday, May 17, stated that the Second Niger Bridge after its completion will be a gift that will keep the Buhari's administration in the minds of Nigerians for a long time.
His comments, however, drew some criticisms from some Nigerians who faulted his narrative on the grounds that the money used for the project was paid by taxpayers.
Legit.ng had reported that the federal government is hoping to complete the Second Niger Bridge before the 2022 completion date.
The federal ministry of works disclosed that with the speed of the construction firm, Julius Berger, the project was likely to be completed before the approved date.
Some government officials including Vide President Yemi Osinbajo who have inspected the construction of the bridge have disclosed that ongoing work on the bridge is progressing with a view to being completed at the scheduled time.
Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said Nigeria has been presented an unprecedented opportunity to reset critical sectors of its economy as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Osinbajo revealed this during a virtual media conference on Thursday, May 14, where the Global Citizen, announced a collaboration with the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) to establish the Nigeria Solidarity Support Fund.
The vice president described the initiative as a creative, forward-looking and thoughtful response to the challenge facing the country due to the pandemic.
In another news report, the presidency has disclosed that the $311 million Abacha loot returned to Nigeria country from the United States would be used for infrastructure development.
Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity in a statement on Tuesday, May 5, disclosed that some of the infrastructure projects the funds will be used for include the second Niger Bridge, the Lagos-Ibadan and the Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressways.
He said the funds will also be invested in the Mambilla Power Project which, when completed, will provide electricity to some three million homes - over ten million citizens in the country.
Garba explained that the receipt of the stolen monies from the United Kingdom and Switzerland has afforded the country the opportunity to develop the nation.
He said the return of the stolen funds is evidence that the US, UK, and other jurisdictions trust that the Buhari administration would put the funds to good use. The presidential spokesperson said the Buhari administration is committed to zero tolerance to corruption in politics and public administration.
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