Buhari to Commission N336b Second Niger Bridge via Zoom
The President Muhammadu Buhari, will be physically absent from Tuesday’s (tomorrow’s) official inauguration of the Second Niger Bridge.
According to anonymous sources in the works ministry, the N336 billion bridge, considered a legacy project, will be inaugurated alongside six other road projects by the president via the online platform Zoom.
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However, one of the sources noted that the Lagos-Ibadan motorway is not included in the six-road project that is scheduled for completion.
This is despite Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola’s assurances that the project would be completed by April 30.
According to the sources, the second Niger bridge will be inaugurated on May 23. The president will deliver his remarks via Zoom. Additionally, six additional road projects will be initiated.”
Meanwhile, ministry personnel have already arrived in Asaba, Delta State, as preparations for tomorrow’s event are in full swing.
In addition, the President’s Special Assistant on Digital and New Media, Tolu Ogunlesi, hinted that certain projects will be officially made available to the public on Sunday, during the transition week of the outgoing president.
This will be the most significant Transition Week in the history of Nigeria, as three brand new bridges will be inaugurated: the Second Niger Bridge, the Loko-Oweto Bridge, and the Ikom Bridge in Cross Rivers.”
After nearly fifty years of broken promises by successive administrations, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, announced the bridge’s completion in October 2022 at a press conference.
On December 15, 2022, the Federal Government also inaugurated the Second Niger Bridge to facilitate holiday traffic in the South-East.
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The Second Niger Bridge was first proposed by Shehu Shagari, then-candidate for the National Party of Nigeria, during the 1978/79 election campaign.
The Second Niger Bridge, modelled after the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos, has all the features of a modern bridge, including a smooth surface and ample space for a pleasant ride.
The new bridge is larger and can accommodate more than six vehicles on its lanes; it also has a divider that separates inbound and outbound cars, whereas the old bridge does not because it has become too narrow to accommodate the growing number of vehicles.
The 1,6-kilometer-long bridge connects the states of Anambra and Delta.
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