- Rapid progress is being as the second Niger Bridge is accelerating towards the finish line anytime soon
- Political watchers say the facility will certainly to be one of President Muhammadu Buhari's most impactful legacies
- An prominent southeast political economy analyst, Dr Uche Igwe has commended the Buhari administration for the pace of work
London - Dr. Uche Igwe, a senior political economy analyst at the prestigious London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a member of the Ohaneze Ndigbo thinktank on 2023 Igbo presidency, has thanked President Buhari for progress on the 2nd Niger Bridge.
In a statement released in London and sent to Legit.ng, Dr Igwe described the president as a promise keeper.
He also commended the minister of works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola and his counterpart in transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for their diligence in supporting to implement the laudable vision of the president in the area of infrastructural development.
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“President Buhari has done fairly well with the pace of work going on with the second Niger bridge. This symbolic gesture will not be forgotten by us. However we need more. Most federal roads across Igboland need urgent attention.
“We plead with the president to insist that work is extended to these areas before the completion of his administration.”
In a tweet on Wednesday, March 9, Dr Igwe wrote:
“Muhammadu Buhari bridge formerly known as 2nd Niger bridge approaching completion. Thank you Mr. President and honourable ministers Babatunde Fashola and Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. The shape of things to come.”
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Gambari made the comment on Tuesday, March 8, when he led Fashola, his counterpart in the labour and employment ministry, Dr. Chris Ngige, and other top government officials, to walk through the 1.6km from Onitsha to the Asaba end of the bridge.
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.
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On his part, Femi Adesina, the special adviser on media and publicity to the president, has declared that Nigeria will always remember Muhammadu Buhari for his strides in infrastructure.
Adesina said during festive period, travellers spend about six hours on the River Niger bridge, a journey which should take less than five minutes.
He expressed confidence that by next Christmas, there would be two bridges in operation, and it would be a jolly good ride for road users heading to their various destinations.