The Federal Controller of Works in Anambra State, Mr. Innocent Alumona, on Monday said the first phase of the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge would be completed by July if there were no interruptions.
Alumona also revealed that the first phase has been executed 46 percent and the federal government would award the main contract for the 2nd Niger Bridge in July.
The Controller spoke while receiving Mr. Osita Okechukwu, the Director of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and Head of All Progressives Congress (APC) project monitoring team who led his delegation to the project site at Onitsha.
Julius Berger is handling the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge, which covers a stretch of 7.5km.
Briefing the APC project monitoring team for South-East on the progress so far made on the project, Alumona explained that the first stage awarded by the federal government at the cost of N14.5billion, included the early works, which has progressed from stage 1 to stage 4.
He disclosed that the federal government was bearing the entire cost of the project
According to him, the early works include the design and component of the main bridge, as well as filling of the enbankments and would be completed by July.
“We are now in early works 4 and it has been executed 46 percent. The early works will be completed by July. The main contract will also be awarded by July if there were no interruptions” Alumona said.
Responding, Mr. Okechukwu said he was satisfied with the progress so far made.
“The President remains committed to the delivery of 4000 kilometres of functional roads, 5000 kilometres of railway, self sufficiency in food production through massive investment in Agriculture and power by doing Mambilla Plateau to generate 8000 megawatts and revamping Enugu coal to generate 1000 megawatts.
“The major concern of the President is that without critical infrastructure, Nigerians will not do well. He believes what is stunting economy is lack of critical infrastructure.
He also believes public funds is the best way to develop critical infrastructure. This has been done so far” Okechukwu said.
The VON DG urged Ndigbo to support President Buhari for a second term to ensure the completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge and other projects in the South-East, such as Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt expressways.