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2nd Niger Bridge: FG saves N300bn from new design

Second Niger Bridge

By Tochukwu Bliss, Abuja

The Minister of Works, David Umahi, has said that the new design of the Ontisha axis of the second Niger bridge has saved the nation up to N300 billion.

Umahi disclosed this in Asaba, Delta State, when he led the management of the Ministry on an inspection tour of the bypass to the bridge down to Onitsha, according to a statement by his Media aide, Orji Orji.

The Minister was quoted as saying: “We saw that the design was defective, and we agreed on a new kind of design; that was how we saved the country over N300 billion by that singular movement to that location.

The statement listed other project sites visited by Umahi to include the upgrading of the 15km section of the East-West Road section III; and the Port Harcourt – Eleme Junction to Onne Junction in Rivers, being handled by RCC.

Others were the Enugu- Port Harcourt Expressway section 3 under rehabilitation; the Enugu- Lokpanta Road being handled by CGC; and the rehabilitation work at the collapsed bridge site at the New Artisan Bridge, near Enugu State.

The Minister was said to have expressed satisfaction with the jobs being done and charged contractors to step up their pace to cover a milestone ahead of the rainy season.

Umahi disclosed that the federal government was also upgrading the 15km road between Eleme flyover and Onne junction and starting with excavation to fill all the failed sections to make them stable.

He reiterated the federal government’s commitment to building enduring road infrastructure at lowest possible cost and urged the contractors to always consider the sufferings of the road users as they set up their work plans as well as ensuring that the roads under construction were made passable for commuters during the rainy season.

We saw that the design was defective, and we agreed on a new kind of design; that was how we saved the country over N300 billion by that singular movement to that location.

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