LEGACY PROJECTS: President Buhari commissions 2nd Niger Bridge, others 6 days to go


Guests stand for the national anthem during the commissioning of seven projects, including the Second Niger Bridge, in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, 2023. (Photos: State House)

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the legacy project of Second Niger Bridge in the South-East, six days to the end of his administration.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr. Femi Adesina, disclosed this in a statement, saying the President also commissioned seven other legacy projects completed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing across the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari virtually commissions 2nd Niger Bridge in Delta/Anambra, Lokoja-Oweto Bridge in Nassarawa/Benue, Ikom Bridge in Cross Rivers State, Kaduna-Kano Road, Federal Secretariats in Zamfara, Anambra and Bayelsa State in State House on Tuesday 23rd May 2023.

The DEFENDER reports that the Second Niger Bridge, conceptualised in 2005 by Olusegun Obasanjo administration without a starting and attempted to begin through Public Private Partnership (PPP) but unsuccessful by Goodluck Jonathan in 2014, finally had its construction begin in 2016 with the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) of the Muhammadu Buhari Administration.

Also commissioned were the Loko-Oweto Bridge across River Benue to link Benue to Nasarawa State and the Ikom Bridge in Cross River State.

The road project among the projects is the completed section of the over 200 kilometres of Kano-Kaduna Dual Carriage Expressway and three new Federal Secretariats.

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“The first of the Federal Secretariats at Awka is located at Executive Business District Layout, Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State and is situated on 5.106 Hectares of land. The project was first awarded on 9th December, 2011 but was practically completed and taken over by the Ministry of Works and Housing on 14th July, 2022,” the statement read.

“The Secretariat has a total of 498 Office Spaces, a Conference Hall, four Committee Rooms, an Exhibition Hall, a Banking Hall, a Post Office and befitting Reception. In addition, the Secretariat has lift facilities, well laid out parking spaces and drainage, staff canteen, fire hydrants and other vital facilities.

“The second, Federal Secretariat Gusau, Zamfara State is located at Unguwan Dan Lawan, off Sokoto By-Pass Road, Gusau, Zamfara State. The project is situated on 7.5 Hectares of land and was awarded also on the 9th but was practically completed and taken over by the Ministry on 30th November 2022.”

The commissioning Second Niger Bridge was widely lauded with some officials referring to it as the “Muhammadu Buhari Bridge”.

The Special Assistant to the President on Digital Communications, Mallam Bashir Ahmad, in a tweet on Tuesday, said, “The Second Niger Bridge is to officially be called/known as Buhari Second Niger Bridge. The Muhammadu Buhari Bridge is officially commissioned today, by President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Other photos from the virtual event as below:

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