FG to complete 2nd Niger Bridge in two years – Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information,Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has confirmed that the 2nd Niger Bridge would be completed by 2020.

He gave the assurance on Wednesday in Asaba during an inspection tour of the Onitsha-Asana section of the bridge.

The minister assured tha funding would not be a challenge as the presidential intervention on infrastructural funding, aimed at ensuring completing critical projects was still in place.

He said the contract for the 1.59km bridge was awarded in 2014 by the previous administration but execution started in 2017 by the Buhari Administration.

The Federal Commissioner of Works, Anambra State, Innocent Anumona said the project comprised four sections namely the Asaba road, the toll plaza, the bridge and the Onitsha road section.

“This contract has been awarded and it is being carried out in phases, 1-4. Phase 1-3 has been completed, and we are on the 4th phase” he added.

He said Messrs Julius Berger commenced the early bridge works on the 4th phase having completed phases 1-3.

The project which has a contract sum of N4,446,010,410.16 was commenced in November 2017 and an advance payment of N2,166,901,516.52 was paid.

The fourth phase with a contract period of 9 months is expected to be completed by July 2018 as it was already 70% completed.

Source : Daily Trust online