2nd Niger Bridge: Anambra Residents Hail FG | The Precision

Ongoing construction on the second Niger bridge


Some residents of Anambra have commended President Muhammadu Buhari
for ensuring the commencement of work at the second Niger Bridge.

Some of the residents told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in
separate interviews on Monday, that the president’s fulfillment of his
promise indicated that it was dear to his heart.
NAN reports that the idea of the second Niger Bridge, awarded to
Julius Berger Nig. Ltd, was envisaged to reduce the load and pressure on
the existing Niger Bridge.
A Correspondent of NAN, who visited the project site to ascertain the
level of work done, reports that some workers were seen operating a
gigantic equipment used for piling.
In his reaction, Prof. Dennis Aribodo of the Department of Public
Health Parasitology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, described the
bridge as a “necessary link to promote the economy of the country.”
“The bridge invariably serves as an alternative if anything happens
to old Niger Bridge. It is an important economic project of huge benefit
to the country,” he said.
Aribodo stressed the need for proper supervision of the project to ensure that work was carried out to specification.
Also, Mrs Anthonia Udem, a food vendor close to the project site, who
expressed happiness over the project; however, decried the slow pace of
work by the construction company.
Udem described the attitude of the construction firm as “419” (fraud).

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“I am happy about the work, just that these people want to play us
419 again. I say so because this work is supposed to be ready by now but
they will work today and tomorrow they won’t work.
“I want government to execute the project fast so that the bridge will be useful to us and everybody will be happy,” Udem said.
On his part, Mr Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, a sand excavator near the project site, also decried the slow pace of work at the Bridge.
Okonkwo said based on the importance of this project, the work should
be carried out both day and night to ensure early completion.
“The Federal Government should provide the necessary logistics like
money because when you mobilize and give them enough money, they will
get more equipment and labour,” Okonkwo said.
However, a top official of Julius Berger Nig. Plc, who pleaded anonymity, said work resumed fully at the site in November 2017.

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According to the source, the community cannot dictate the pace of work though they see we are working.
“Julius Berger has a peculiar way of working on site. Currently, we
are doing mostly piling now on ground after the one done in the water.
We have equally finished the piling on the Asaba side.
“What we are doing now is what we call early works four, which means
we have done that of one to three and these are preparation for the
major work to begin.
“Early works four will be completed by June or July for the major work to commence.
“From what the Federal Ministry of Works has told us, there will be
no stoppage until work is completed; meaning, funding will not interrupt
the project or slow it down,” the source said.
However, the source said the issue of compensation on affected
communities cropped up occasionally, noting however, that the Federal
Ministry of Works had equally promised to resolve the issue. (NAN)

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