AFTER years of uncertainty, work has lastly begun for the development of the controversial 2nd Niger Bridge that may hyperlink the South –South and the South East geo political zones to help the prevailing one.
Following an announcement by the minister of labour and employment, Senator Chris Ngige Saturday in a tv programme in Onitsha, that the federal govt council had authorised N14 billion to allow Julius , the contractor dealing with the venture, to begin work, Saturday Vanguard visited the positioning and came upon that there have been severe indicators that work would start in earnest.
Some individuals, who regarded like building employees had been seen yesterday, surveying the realm the place former President Goodluck Jonathan carried out the bottom- breaking ceremony through the twilight of his administration. Many job seekers had been additionally seen within the space, though there was no one to take care of them but.
The bridge had been enmeshed in politics over time such that it had remained on the drafting board for a interval that spanned a number of administrations.
Ngige had mentioned through the tv interview that along with the N14 billion, the federal authorities would launch one other N16 billion this yr for the development of the bridge, including that the quantity was accommodated within the 2017 funds.
He mentioned that the redesigned bridge would have a railway line that might join Asaba in Delta State with Onitsha in Anambra State to ease the stress of heavy obligation automobiles utilizing the bridge to move items.
Nonetheless, one nagging concern going through the mission is the fee of compensation to folks whose property could be affected by the bridge. Although association for the compensation had been made, Ngige urged the individuals to not stand in the way in which of the challenge by making what he referred to as pointless calls for.
“It is a venture that earlier administrations performed politics with and the current administration beneath President Muhammadu Buhari has determined to make sure its realization. Our folks mustn’t permit the difficulty of compensation to hinder the development work due to its monumental advantages to the individuals,” the minister stated.
He stated that other than the 2nd Niger Bridge, work had additionally began on the Enugu-Onitsha and Nnewi- Okigwe federal highways, in addition to the Enugu-Aba-Port Harcourt expressway.
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