The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has confirmed that the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge is now completed and may be released to commuters by December.
He stated this at a press briefing to unveil an end-of-term series entitled “PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023.”
The scorecard is designed to showcase the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, administration.
According to him, the only factor delaying the inauguration of the road is the construction of the link road which the recent surge of flooding has impeded.
He said, “I can confirm that the Second Niger Bridge itself is finished. People can walk through the bridge now unimpeded. What remains is the four-kilometre link road on the Asaba side.
“Right now, our dredger is in place, we have to rebuild the road by reclaiming sand, the recent surge of flood has slowed us down. On the Onitsha side, there is a seven-kilometre road that links the bridge and the Onitsha-Owerri interchange.”
“The commitment I made about the second Niger bridge at the retreat was that before this administration goes, it will be fully operational.”
The minister who showed reels of footage from the bridge reiterated his promise to ensure that the bridge is opened in December due to the high influx of commuters during festive periods.
“What I am targeting is to see if the road can be opened to the public before Christmas and I hope this will be achieved. Opening the road before Christmas will give relief to a large number of travellers who embark on journeys during that period.
Speaking on the impact of the projects, the former Lagos State governor noted that about 339,955 jobs were created in the built sector in the past seven years with 8,352.94km of roads completed while 250,583 road signs have been installed.