- The minister of works and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has announced a new date when the 2nd Niger Bridge, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would be delivered to Nigerians
- Fashola, during the ministerial briefing in Abuja, on Thursday, March 24, said the bridge which is one of President Muhammadu Buhari's key projects will be completed by 2022
- Meanwhile, the key projects are being executed under the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF)
On Thursday, March 24, President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that the 11.9km Second Niger Bridge and the 120 km Lagos-Ibadan Expressway would be delivered in 2022.
The Nation reports that the minister of works and housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this during the weekly ministerial briefing, organised by the Presidential Communication Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Fashola explained that the initial February completion date projection for the Second Niger Bridge failed due to the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown and EndSARS protests, adding the project was already at 91% completion stage, Channels TV added.
The project brief
According to him, 1,486 people have been directly employed for the Second Niger Bridge while another 8,110 indirect jobs have been created.
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The cost of 3 major projects
He puts the cost of three major PIDF projects at N1.3 trillion.
The projects are;
- Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway (375km): N797 billion,
- Second Niger Bridge (11.59km): N206 billion and
- Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (127km): N310 billion.
When the project will be completed
Fashola said that Lagos Ibadan Express Way and Second Niger Bridge are on course for completion in 2022, while the main Carriageway of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano expressway is scheduled for completion by Q2 2023,
He added that ancillary works will be completed later.
Presidency releases list of Buhari's completed and ongoing projects in southeast
Earlier, the presidency released a compendium of the president's ongoing and completed infrastructure projects and policy successes in the southeast region.
The projects were compiled by the Presidency Office of Digital Engagement (PODE).
In a bid to decongest Lagos and better serve the southeast and south-south population, the Buhari government said it is developing the eastern ports.
No part of Nigeria will be neglected - Buhari
In other news, President Buhari has said his government is committed to ensuring that no part of the country is neglected either because of geographical location or political affiliation.
The president said this during the commissioning and handing over ceremony of the erosion and flood control project at Oghighe Uruala Ohukabi in Oguduasa Isukwuato local government area of Abia state.
The erosion and flood control project was one of President Buhari's twenty ecological intervention projects for the first quarter of 2020.