The Federal Government has finally released N33bn for the construction of the second Niger bridge. The project which has been in the works for a long time now is expected to be completed in 2022.
Implementation of the project had been abandoned when the new government came into power after it was commissioned in 2014 by the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.
Mr. Uche Orji, the Managing Director of Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority disclosed that the project will now see a speedy delivery as the challenges that caused its delay in time past has been taken care of.
The FG pointed out that the project is expected to consume up to N220bn as construction advances to a later phase.
“There are three phases of the second Niger bridge. The first one is the 11.9 kilometer bridge connecting Asaba and Onitsha. The entire work is a 44km project,” Mr Orji said.
He further gave insights on what prompted the need for a second bridge across the Niger, saying that the “project was conceived to provide an alternative crossing between Asaba and Onitsha within reasonable distance from the current one.”
The project is being handled by Julius Berger Plc, and it is believed that the date of completion will not be extended further.