2nd Niger Bridge: 2022 Delivery is Sacrosanct – Fashola
The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN has given assurance that the 2nd Niger bridge will be completed and delivered in year 2022 as promised despite delay caused by the impact of covid 19 and disagreement with some people from the communities around the project before they were resolved with the intervention of the Governors of Anambra and Delta States as well as some traditional rulers from the area.
Fashola gave this assurance while speaking at a town hall meeting with stakeholders of the project held at the bridge site in Asaba. He said, “Clearly 2022 will be the delivery date for this project as already planned, we might miss a few weeks here and there but nothing substantial.” Let me assure you of Mr. President’s commitment and the Federal Government’s commitment to this.”
The Minister,however, stressed the need for peaceful coexistence, sacrifice and patience to ensure the completion of the project. “We need peace to finish this work, we need peaceful coexixtence to finish this work, we need also some sacrifice, we have to give some things in order to get some things and we need some patience”, he said.
Fashola disclosed that the total cost of the project is four hundred and fourteen Billion naira. He explained that while the cost of bridge is two hundred and six billion, the 2A and 2B roads will cost two hundred and eight billion naira. He added that the Buhari administration is making the commitment even though the price of oil is now about forty dollar per barrel.
While speaking on the economic benefits of the project to the people of the area the Minister said in order to build this bridge the contractors will be buying 644 thousand tonnes of aggregates. They require four Million cubic metres of sand, sixty eight thousand tonnes of cement, 19 Million litres of diesel all of which will be bought from people around the area who deal in such businesses. He further said that the contractor employed over one thousand four hundred workers who are indigenes of the area.
On the issue of compensation, the Minster appealed to the Governors of Anambra and Delta states to help engage with the communities to make it easier for the Federal Governmnt to come to agreement with them. Fashola promised that the Ministry will look into the ecological and environmental consequence of the project.
Speaking at the occasion, the Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa who was represented by the Secretary to the state government expressed profound appreciation to the Federal Government for the project while urging the Minister to expedite action on some federal roads in the state.
Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State who deliverd the vote of thanks expressed gratitude to President Buhari for keeping his words on the project and commended the Minster for his commitment to the work. He assured that he will ensure that there is peace in his state.
Earlier in his address, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, Dr. Las Weiser described the project as a key national infrastructure with immense economic benefits. He said when completed it will minimize traffic congestion and strengthen the region by boosting trade and commerce nationally and internationally.
The Meeting which was well attended was graced by many traditional rulers some of which are: the Obi of Onitsha, , Eze of Okpo Kingdom and Eze of Obosi.
The Minister also inspected the progress of work at the bridge and visited the Zik Mausoleum where he promised that effort will be made to preserve the mausoleum and keep it in the pristine condition that it deserves.
PROF. GAMBARI, FASHOLA, ZAINAB AHMED, GANDUJE, OTHERS INSPECT THE ONGOING RECONSTRUCTION OF ABUJA – KADUNA – ZARIA -KANO DUAL CARRIAGEWAY IN FCT, KADUNA AND KANO STATES
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola,SAN (2nd right) speaking with Journalists shortly after the Inspection of the Ongoing Reconstruction of Abuja -Kaduna -Zaria -Kano Dual Carriageway in the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Kano States, with him are the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari(right), Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed(2nd left),Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (2nd right) and others on Thursday 19th, November 2020
FASHOLA DECORATED WITH THE ARMED FORCES REMEMBRANCE DAY CELEBRATION EMBLEM 2021
Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola,SAN (left) shortly after being decorated with the Armed Forces Remembrance Day Celebration Emblem 2021 by the National Chairman of the Nigerian Legion, Brig. General Adakole Jones Akpa (Rtd) at the Ministry of Works and Housing Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja on Tuesday, 17th November 2020.