- A piece of news that would excite the people of the southeast region; the federal government has announced a new date that the second niger bridge would be completed
- The chief of staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari made this disclosure and assured the people that the second Niger bridge will be completed before the end of 2022
- Meanwhile, the bridge is a project which comprises the Main Bridge across the River Niger, and 10km of a six-lane Expressway, in Onitsha and Asaba, is scheduled for 2022 completion
Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the chief of staff to the president, has assured the people, especially Delta and Anambra states, that the second Niger bridge will be completed before the end of 2022.
Gambari spoke on Tuesday, March 8, when he led the minister of power and housing, Babajide Fashola, his counterpart in the Labour and Employment Ministry, Dr. Chris Ngige, and other top government officials, including from Delta and Anambra states, to walk through the 1.6km from the Onitsha to Asaba end.
While commending the contractor for the speedy pace of the work at the bridge, the chief of staff said that the quality of the project would last for decades, The Punch reports.
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“Today, we have inspected the Owerri interchange which is about 87 per cent completed.
“When completed, it will reduce the pressure of the first Niger bridge. We are happy not only with the speed of the work, but also that the quality of the bridge will last for decades.
“The bridge links will be completed around April while the project will be delivered by the end of 2022.”
Cost of the project
The project which cost about N340 billion, Fashola said would boost the economy when completed.
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