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Loko-Oweto Bridge To Be completed By November – Official



The Federal Ministry of Works, Power and Housing has said that the 2.2 kilometre Oweto Bridge across the River Benue, linking Nasarawa and Benue states, will be completed by November, 2018.

Engr. Wasiu Taiwo, Federal Controller of Works in Nasarawa state, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Lafia, yesterday.

LEADERSHIP Weekend , learnt that the Federal Ministry of Works on the instruction of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, had embarked on a media tour of ongoing projects in the state on Wednesday.

Taiwo,  said the completion of the bridge across River Benue, will create  shortcut for travellers from Abuja to South East, by reducing their travelling hours by three hours, hence the commitment from the Federal Government to speed up the completion of the project.

“I want to assure that the federal government is fully committed to completing this project at the set date. There are a lot of benefits that comes with the completion and one is the option of going to the South east through here. The journey is 3 hours less from here,” He said.

Taiwo also said the 82 kilometre Nasarawa-Loko road that links the bridge to both states would be completed by September 2018 so as to facilitate movement because without good motorable road, the essence of the bridge will be meaningless.

“I want to assure that this particular bridge and the Nasarawa Loko road are very important projects to the federal government. That is why we are particular with how soon we can complete the projects. Our target is november and we hope by then, it will be ready for use.

Taiwan added work completed so far has reached 85 percent and assured that with rate of work so far, the contractor is likely to completely the work on or before 29 November, 2018 completion date.

The federal controller who commended the contractor handling the job done so far explained that the contract for the construction of the 2.2 kilometre bridge was awarded at an initial sum of N36 billion with

a revised sum of  N51 billion.

“The contractor has so far completed all piers segments, pier segment extensions, closures, expansion beams and expansion joint on bridge no 1 thereby opening the bridge to construction traffic. With the rate of progress so far achieved, the contractor is likely to complete the work on or before 29th November, 2017 completion date,” He said.