|A prototype of the bridge|
The Federal Government has finally commenced the construction of the Second Niger Bridge that would link the South-South and the South-East geo political zones.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Mr Chris Ngige who noted this in Onitsha said that the federal executive council had approved N14 billion to enable Julius Berger, the contractor handling the project, to commence work.
He said in addition to the N14 billion, the Federal Government would release another N16 billion this year for the construction of the bridge, adding that the amount had been accommodated in the 2017 budget.
Mr Ngige disclosed that the redesigned bridge would have a railway line that would connect Asaba in Delta State with Onitsha in Anambra State to ease the pressure of heavy duty vehicles using the bridge to transport goods.