Monday, 23 April 2018

The politics being played on 2nd Niger bridge, a slap to Ndi-Igbo —Rights group

ONITSHA—A human rights group, Campaign for
Democracy, CD, has described the 2nd Niger
Bridge project as a subject of politics, insult
and caricature to Ndigbo in particular,
concerned citizens of the entire South East and
South South zones of the country.

National Publicity Secretary of CD, Dede Uzor
A. Uzor, who stated this while speaking to
newsmen Monday in Onitsha, Anambra State,
said whereas it took China only $1.5 million to
build over 100 kilometres bridge, it is taking
Nigeria a whooping $15 billion to build less
than three kilometres 2nd Niger bridge that
traversed Onitsha in Anambra State

Uzor lamented that “for over 20 years now,
beginning from 1999 when former President
Olusegun Obasanjo awarded it and ruled for
eight years, to between 2007 and 2009 when
the late former President Umaru Yar’Adua took
over and ruled for only two years, till the
advent of former President Goodluck Jonathan
who reigned for six years (2009 to 2015), work
remained stagnant on the bridge to the extent
that not even up to 50 per cent had been
completed.”
He also demanded that Federal Government
should declare a state of emergency on Trunk
‘A’ roads in South East zone. He mentioned
such roads as Enugu-Amansea-Awka-Onitsha
road; Enugu-Okigwe-Port Harcourt Road;
Urualla-Akokwa-Amaifeke Road with a spur to
Banana Junction at Amaifeke Orlu to Owerri;
Ihiala-Umuahia Road; and Nnewi-Okigwe Road,
among others.
He said that due to the dilapidated nature of
these roads, an average of seven lives per week
or one life per day are lost in auto accidents.
“Again, the Onitsha River Port has been so
much politicized because it is located in Igbo
land,” he said.

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