Nigeria (Blank NEWS Online) –
The Federal Minister of Power, Work and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has disclosed that President Mohammad Buhari has pledged to continue and prioritize the completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
The Hon. Minister made the disclosure in Asaba on Monday, 20th June, 2016, when he came in company of the Project Coordinator, Mr. HD Bley JBN and other experts to see, ascertain and inspect the level of works that has been done so far.
He noted that one of the major reasons of his journey to the State was to pay homages to the host communities that are hosting the project, which are in Anambra and Delta States. And to seek for full cooperation from them with the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the actualization of the famous proposed 2nd Niger Bridge.
Mr. Fashola stated that the Project, an extension of the 1st Niger Bridge which connect the East and Western part of the country is one of the projects that will bring wealth creation and prosperity to the country.
The Hon. Minister noted that the 2nd Niger Bridge is a national asset. So as parts of the mandate of the Federal Government, President Buhari want him to facilitate the completion of the Project.
“We are mindful of compensation. If there is peace, compensations will come, we can be building while compensations issues is going on and will be sorted out accordingly. All the Federal Government wanted is full cooperation from host communities so that workers can go back to site to make the project achievable”. He said while appealing to the host communities that they will surely be compensated for their lands and properties encroached on/ affected by the project.
In his remarks, Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro pledged that the State will do everything possible to see to the successful completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
H noted that as promised in their votes campaign to see to the prosperity of all Del tan, the State Government cannot afford not to key into the laudable projects of the Federal Government.
Barr. Otuaro, accompanied by the State Commissioners for; Works, Hon. James Augoye, Lands, Hon. Dan Okenyi, Transport, Hon. Vincent Uduaghan, Information, Hon. Patrick Ukah and other top government functionaries commended the Federal Government for considering the completion of the project.
Also speaking, His Royal Majesty, Prof. Joseph Chike Edozie, the Asagba of Asaba, who was represented by Chief Patrick O. Onyeobi, hailed the Federal Government for the plan continuation of the 2nd Niger Bridge. Adding that, with the achievements of Babatunde Fashola when he was Governor of Lagos, he has no doubt he will excel in his portfolios.
He advised the Minister to be careful of those he deals with in the negotiation of any compensation to be paid so that he will not fall into the hands of mischief makers.
Prof. Edozie appealed to the Hon. Minister to consider the rehabilitation and completion of the Illah – Ebu Bridge as parts of the projects that will enhance development to the country.
The revered Monarch affirmed the position of the Delta State Government by assuring the Minister of his full support /cooperation and that of other traditional rulers in the State towards the achievement of the successful completion of this laudable project of the Federal Government.
In his submission, Engr. Edward Bosah, ER of the 2nd Bridge revealed that the project is a 3 lanes bridge of 7kilometers road.
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