The Federal Minister of Power, Work & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged to prioritize the completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
The Hon. Minister made the disclosure in on Monday, 20/06/2016 in Asaba when he came in company of the Project Coordinator, Mr. HD Bley Julius Berger Nigeria Plc and other stakeholders to ascertain the level of work that has been done so far.
Addressing the gathering of traditional rulers in Asaba in company of the Deputy Governor of Delta, Barr Kingsley Burutu Otuaro, the Minister stated that the major reason of his visit to Delta State was to pay homage to the host communities inhabiting the immediate environment of the project, which include Anambra and Delta States to seek for full cooperation from them on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria towards the actualization of the famous proposed 2nd Niger Bridge.
Mr. Fashola stated that the Project is an extension of the 1st Niger Bridge which connects the Eastern 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 which prompted the Federal Government under the administration of President Buhari to facilitate the completion of the project in a reasonable time.
“We are mindful of compensation. If there is peace, compensations will come, we can be building while compensations issues are going on as all thing would be sorted out accordingly. All the Federal Government needed is full cooperation from host communities so that workers can go back to site to make the project achievable”.
He affirmed that the host communities that were disadvantaged as a result of the project would surely be compensated for their lands and properties encroached on in the cause of the project.
In his remarks, Delta State Deputy Governor, Barr. Kingsley Otuaro pledged that the State would do everything possible to see to the successful completion of the 2nd Niger Bridge stressing that the birth of the second Niger Bridge would add strength to their campaign promise of prospect for all Deltans.
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.
Speaking on behalf of His Royal Majesty, the Asagba of Asaba, Obi Prof. Joseph C. Edozie, Chief Patrick O. Onyeobi, hailed the Federal Government for the planned 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 respect of negotiation of any compensation 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 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 seven kilometer road.
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