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  • 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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