- The ongoing Second Niger Bridge is currently at 44.6% completion, according to the federal controller of works in Anambra
- Construction has now entered the fourth phase and this stage would run till July 2018
- According to the official, after the stage four is completed, it would not take long for the entire bridge to be actualized
The federal controller of works in Anambra state, Innocent Alumonah, has stated that the Second Niger Bridge linking Asaba and Onitsha which is currently being constructed, is already at 44.6% completion, Leadership reports.
Speaking on Monday, April 9, Alumonah disclosed that the company handling the project, Julius Berger, has accomplished about 85 piles of 914 millimeter in diameter in different axis.
NAIJ.com notes that Alumonah stated that the project was divided into various phases and that construction had now entered the fourth phase.
He stated: “The contract was split into phases. Phases 1 to phase 3 have been successfully accomplished and we are now on early works in phase 4. Part of this early works phase 4 forms part of the main contract.
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“So far, the 1.2 kilometer sand filling of the road at the Asaba end has reached the height of 2.2 meters out of the expected five meters. At the Onitsha end, we have done a lot of sand filling of embankments to a reasonable stage. We have done a lot of culverts as well. In all, we have achieved around 44.6 per cent of phase of early work stage 4."
Alumonah said when the contract for the early work stage four was awarded in October 2016, the sum of N2.166 billion was paid to the contractor as advance payment, out of the contract sum of N14.466 billion.
He said the life span for the early work stage four project would be nine months; running from November 2017 to July 2018, and that there would not be any interruption between stage four and the main contract.
He assured Nigerians that after the stage four is completed, it would not take long for the entire bridge to be actualized. He also stated that the federal government is handling compensation for those affected by the project.
He added: “The bridge is a link road to all parts of the country not just the South East. It is not a bridge only for the southern part of the country. It is for all Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the federal government re-stated its resolve to complete work on the Second Niger Bridge as well as other federal projects in the southeast zone.
The vice-president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo gave the assurance during a funeral mass for late Mrs Roseline Akabueze, the mother of Mr Ben Akabueze, the director-general, Budget Office, Abuja at St Gabriel Catholic church, Ifitedunu, Anambra state.
Osinbajo explained that the FG under President Mohammadu Buhari was committed to completing every federal project in the southeast especially the Second Niger Bridge.
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