Monday, 20 June 2016

Exclusive Pictures: Plans To Recommence Work On The Second Niger Bridge Underway - Fashola

Obiano and Fashola arrive the Onitsha end of the 2nd Niger Bridge project site...
"The importance of this bridge project to Nigerians and Ndi Igbo in particular cannot be over-emphasized" - Gov Obiano


BY KENECHUKWU OFOMAH


There are very strong indications that construction work will soon recommence on the Second Niger Bridge. This was one of the fallouts from an inspection tour of the Bridge and Major Federal Roads made by the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola.
The Second Niger Bridge project which is being executed under a Public Private Partnership Arrangement, consists of 10kilometre Road and 1.5kilometre bridge. The Minister upon arrival,  was received by Governor Willie Obiano during a brief townhall meeting held at the Julius Berger Dockyard, attended by key stakeholders in the project.

 

Obiano welcoming Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works & Housing to Anambra State to take a tour of Federal Projects like 2nd Niger Bridge, Umunya Axis of Awka - Onitsha Expressway.

 

 

 Speaking during the meeting, the Minister, Mr Fashola explained that aside providing the opportunity to inspect the progress of work on the project, the visit was also to meet with Stakeholder-Landowners on the State's end to get their assurances towards eliminating any form of hostilities that can impede the progress of the project. Describing the Project as one of the largest infrastructural development projects of the Federal Government with huge potentials for economic prosperity for people of the SouthEast and Nigeria in general especially in the area of Commerce and Transport, Mr Fashola restated the commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration towards the timely completion of the project.

 

 

 

 

Obiano and Fashola arrive the Onitsha end of the 2nd Niger Bridge project site...

"The importance of this bridge project to Nigerians and Ndi Igbo in particular cannot be over-emphasized" - Gov Obiano


 Welcoming the Minister, Governor Obiano said the bridge project holds greater prospects for the realization of the State's vision to become a hub for commercial activities in the Country and commended the Federal Government for its renewed efforts at accelerating the pace of work on the project. The Governor called for the Federal Government's immediate intervention on the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway especially the Umunya Axis to save commuters from the untold hardship they face daily.

Obiano and Fashola at the Zik's Mausoleum, Onitsha.
                             "The state of this Mausoleum is a disgrace to the nation" - Obiano
 
 




 

He thanked the Minister for his intervention in assisting the state get back the #43.8billion it is owed by the Federal Government on road works, adding that repay of the funds will avail his government the resources to continue to intervene on the deplorable condition of some Federal Roads in the State. Earlier, the Traditional Ruler of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe who spoke on behalf of the Communities who donated their lands as assets for the project, stressed the need for the payment of the due compensation for the lands, which he regretted has not been done uptil now, assuring that they remain the strongest advocates of the project because of the benefits to their communities.

 

Obiano leads Fashola to the Umunya axis of Awka - Onitsha Expressway to see the state of dilapidation...
"Failure to fix this failed portion of the all important Enugu - Onitsha Expressway will be calamitous" - Gov Obiano
 
 
 

The Minister later visited the site for the bridge from the Odekpe axis, after which the Governor took him to the Umunya axis of the Enugu-Onitsha expressway for first hand information on the deplorable state of the road.





Photo Credit : Ifeanyi Aniagoh , SSA(Digital Media )

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