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FG assures of continuous funding of 2nd Niger Bridge



FG assures of continuous funding of 2nd Niger Bridge

Federal Government has guaranteed Nigerians of Federal Government’s determination to continue funding on-going construction works on the 2nd Niger Bridge linking Asaba, Delta State with Onitsha, Anambra State.

The Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Mustapha Baba Shehuri gave the assurance while on an inspection visit to the site. This was contained in a press release issued yesterday in Abuja, by the Deputy Director, Information, M.A Ahmed.

Shehuri reiterated that since the present Administration came on board, its priority has, essentially, been on infrastructural development. He added that this has placed a huge obligation on the construction of an additional bridge to complement the existing one built in 1965 as a crucial link between the Eastern and Western regions of the country.

The Minister said the Federal Government will stop at nothing to ensure that funds are released, as at when due, to the contractor in order to accomplish the project for ease of vehicular traffic and socio – economic enhancement.

The Minister revealed that since the commencement of the Main Works for the construction of this national infrastructure in 2017, after the completion of Early Works, Phases I – IV, there has been no delay in payments. This is evident in the appreciable progress achieved so far.

On the issue of compensation, the Minister appealed to the affected communities to co-operate with the Federal Government as the project, when eventually completed, would be of benefit to them, in particular, and Nigerians, as a whole.

Speaking earlier, the Federal Controller of Works, Anambra State, Engr. Ajani Adeyemo established the fact that the Ministry has already paid compensations to the tune of N3.5Billion for claims on the project corridor.

He also disclosed that compensation was paid from Km 23 – 34.9 of the project, though there were still pockets of claims coming in from time to time. These outstanding claims have already been forwarded to the Ministry for consideration and settlement, he added.

Engr. Adeyemo, while allaying the fears of Nigerians on the scheduled delivery of the project, further explained that the 2nd Niger Bridge, alongside two other Federal Government projects, are specially funded from the National Sovereign Investments Fund, NSIF and as such will not experience paucity of funding.

The Federal Controller, gladly, informed the Minister that, while the completion period for the contract is 42 months, it is presently at 17% within four months.

The Project Director, Julius Berger, Nigeria Limited, Mr. Frederick Weiser stated that his Company has received payment on work done thus far and the communities have been co-operating as well.

The major threat to the project, according to him, is the River Niger itself. He believes the river was going to rise between 10m to 12m as the rainy season was fast approaching. This, he said, calls for intensive work, 24 hours of the day, seven days a week to ensure it progresses before the River level rise.

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