Laying the foundation for second Niger Bridge

Construction began for the long awaited second Niger Bridge in South Nigeria.

 

After many years of waiting, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan laid the foundation stone for the construction of second Niger Bridge, linking Asaba in Delta State with Onitsha in Anambra State.
 
At the ground breaking ceremony, President Jonathan promised that the project would be completed on schedule and according to specifications. He said the second Niger Bridge was critical to his administration’s resolve to improve the economic fortunes of the country, describing it as a fulfilment of one of his campaign promises.
 
Minister for Public Works Mike Onolemenen said the project was to improve the infrastructural and socio-economic activities of the nation. The second Niger Bridge, he explained, will be 1,590 metres long and be a part of the 11.90 km length road project. The construction will be completed within 48 months.
Governor of Abia State, Chief Theodore Orji, observed that the bridge, which will serve as a gate-way to the southern part of Nigeria, would also boost economic activities and solve the problem of hours being spent on the existing Niger Bridge, where there is often heavy traffic.


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