Friday, 27 April 2018

Second Niger bridge, Director says project to cost N210 billion

Asaba – The Director of Highway Bridges and
Design, Federal Ministry of Power, Works and
Housing, Mr Sogbesan Adetokunbo says the
main project on the second Niger bridge will
gulp N210 billion.
2nd-Niger-Bridge
Adetokunbo, who said this on Friday in
Asaba during a media tour of the project,
noted that the Federal Government had
begun the procurement processes for the
award of the project.
He said that a memo had been written to the
Bureau of Public Procurement and thereafter,
would be sent to the Federal Executive Council
for approval.
Adetokunbo told the media team led by Mr
Theodore Ogaziechi, the Director of Information,
Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing
that, early works on the project were near
completion.
He said that the early works were preliminary
projects to be completed before the award of
the main contract.
The director explained that the early works
were in four phases adding that phase one, two
and three were 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.
He said early work was 45 per cent completed
and currently ongoing at the two ends of the
bridge at Onitsha and Asaba axis.
“”The main works will be awarded in the next
one or two months and the approach roads
from Asaba and Onitsha axis 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.
““Most people on the existing bridge will not
see what is happening now but once the main
work is awarded, everybody will see it.
“”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,”
he said.
Earlier, Mr Innocent Alumonah, Federal
Controller of Works, 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 the existing one
had been overstretched.
“”The Federal Government has done a lot of
work to strengthen the existing bridge, the
excessive axle load; the age of the bridge
necessitated the idea of the second Niger
Bridge.
“”The enhanced economic activities within the
road corridors between the South-East and
South-South part which also put pressure on
the existing bridge is another reason for the
project,” he said. (NAN)

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