- Southeast APC chieftains on Friday, February 5 visited the ongoing construction of the second Niger Bridge
- The delegation was led by Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma
- Members of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo were also on the entourage
Imo state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma on Friday, February 5 led chieftains of the southeast All Progressives Congress (APC) to inspect the ongoing construction of the second Niger Bridge.
Also on the entourage of the APC chieftains were members of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo.
In a post shared on his official Twitter page, Governor Uzodinma noted that the delegation came took ownership of the second Niger Bridge project which he stated is estimated at N366billion.
“We took turns to salute and express our immeasurable gratitude for the courage of President Muhammadu Buhari over this ambitious project and indeed for the other massive developmental projects embarked upon by the federal government in our region.
“The federal controller of works, Anambra state, Engineer Ajani explained that the bridge is about 47km. The first phase, which is about 55% completed, is about 11 kilometers.
“The entire project which has engaged close to 20,000 workers, when completed, will link the southeast, the south-south, and the entire northern Nigeria.”
The governor added:
“Nations are built by heroes. If you go to France, as you land, you look at Charles De Gole airport, you look at the train system, you will remember Charles de Gole.
“If you go to the United States of America, you look at the ambiance, you look at the management and the environment, you look at the infrastructure, you remember Judge Washington.
“If you go to Singapore, you look at modern Singapore, you look at how things are working, the train system, the transportation system, the cleanliness of the place, you remember Brin Gwanyo.
“If you get to modern turkey, you see modern Turkey overnight has grown from where they were. So every country must have its own hero. Today, If you come to Nigeria, you remember that this bridge, the old bridge is dilapidated, you will now see a modern bridge.
“Apart from the economic and social benefits that we will get from this project, you will remember that one man approved the funding of over N366 billion project in the southeast and you see that the project is completed; you will remember President Muhammadu Buhari.”
Recall that Legit.ng had earlier reported that Senator Ken Nnamani, a former Senate president, recently declared that the Buhari-led government has done tremendously well for the southeast region.
Senator Nnamani said although it has not been well publicised, the infrastructure development in the southeast under the Buhari administration has been massive.
Meanwhile, the APC in the southeast is plotting to capture Anambra state after clinching Imo and Ebonyi states.
Sources say the party intends to use the second Niger Bridge as one of its key campaign strategy in the state's governorship election scheduled for November 2021.
Governor Uzodinma is expected to lead the campaign as the ruling party seeks to expand its strongholds in the southeast.