The federal government has hinted that the main project on the second Niger Bridge will gulp N210 billion.
The director of Highway Bridges and Design in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Sogbesan Adetokunbo, who disclosed this noted that the federal government has commenced the procurement processes for the award of the project.
Adetokunbo who disclosed this in Asaba during a media tour of the project at the weekend noted that a memo had been written to the Bureau of Public Procurement and thereafter would be sent to the Federal Executive Council for approval.
He told the media team led by Theodore Ogaziechi, the director of Information, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing that preliminary works on the project, which were in four phases, are almost completed, adding that they are meant to be completed before works on the main project begins.
According to him, phase one, two and three of the early works currently ongoing at both ends of the bridge at Onitsha and Asaba ends respectively are 100 per cent completed.
This, he said, involved the design of the road, soil investigation, preliminary drawing and final engineering drawing, while early work two and three comprises of piling and embankment works.
His words: “The main works will be awarded in the next one or two months, and the approach roads from Asaba and Onitsha ends will be awarded before the end of the year. When the main bridge is awarded, there will be a lot of piling works in the water and that is what people will see.
“They can stand on the existing bridge and see piling works going on but where we are working now is at the end of the two sides of the bridge. It is a project that is very critical not only to Nigerian economy but also to countries along the corridors including Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Uganda and Kenya”.
Earlier, Innocent Alumonah, federal controller of Works in Anambra, recalled that the existing Niger Bridge was constructed in 1965 and commissioned in 1966.
He said the second Niger Bridge was conceived upon the realisation of the fact that the existing one had been overstretched.
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