2nd Niger Bridge: work going on on schedule

Julius Berger Plc, which is building the second Niger River Bridge has given a definite time of completing the project which previous administrations had failed to deliver.

JB said the bridge, now being funded by Sovereign Wealth Fund will be ready in February 2022.

Project supervisor, Friedrich Wieser, gave the assurance on Tuesday when the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola inspected the project.

He said the work had reached 23 percent completion, adding that they had 1,300 people working on the Bridge while over 400 were on the site already.

He said that about seven kilometres of the road had been sand-filled, adding that the sand improvement would be completed in September.

Friedrich Wieser briefs Fashola on the extent of work

Wieser further said the company had not had any challenge since work started on the bridge, thereby countering the allegation that the communities were demanding for compensation from the contractors.

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Fashola, who equally visited the federal housing project at Isiagu, in Awka South local government area and the ongoing Enugu -Onitsha expressway, however said he was not pleased with the pace of work.

A pillar of the bridge standing

Inspecting the expressway, the Minister said told the contracting Firm, Reynold Construction Company (RCC) that he would not want the next rain to catch up with the project again.

But the Controller of Works in Anambra State, Adeyemo Ajani, said they had covered 14 kilometres, while only four kilometers was remaining.

At the second Niger Bridge, Fashola ,said the project was on schedule, adding that he believed that the firm handling the project would hand it over in February, 2022 as planned

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”I’m never satisfied until I see the end of the project. They have to double their work force and that is what President Muhammadu Buhari wants ”

“You can see that work has been going on since this project started even at the drop of oil price.

This present administration is determined to make Nigerians smile again,” he said.