Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Tunde Fashola on Saturday inspected the ongoing construction work on 2nd Niger Bridge in Anambra and Delta States.
The Minister inspected the construction during his inspection tour of Federal Government Infrastructure Projects in the South East Zone of the country.
“By assessment, the piling work at the 2nd Niger Bridge is about 50 percent done, at the time I resumed work at the Ministry, only the bridge was designed and work had stopped here but because of the commitment of the President and the government, work has resumed here and for the foreseable future, I don’t see any reason why work will stop here again because the funding is now being provided,” the Minister said.
On the need for the first Niger bridge to continue to serve Nigerians, he said maintenance work is also ongoing to make the over 50 years old bridge more durable.
“The old and original bridge, as we speak, we are also undertaking maintenance work on that bridge, we have contractors that are doing a lot of work that you cannot see. Some under the water, some under the abodement and some under the deck. So there is a lot of work going on to ensure that the bridge is maintained and it continues to serve us just like you see with other bridges, all over the world,” he said.