The project is being handled by Messrs Julius Berger (Nig.) Ltd under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement at the cost of N130 billion. The additional N14,4 billion is to be used for artworks and payment of compensation among others.
In a statement yesterday in Abuja, the Assistant Director (Information), Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mohammed Abdullahi noted that the existing Niger Bridge which was commissioned on January 4, 1966 is severely overstressed, adding that its continued serviceability cannot be assured.
He stated that the idea of a Second Niger Bridge started way back in the late 1970s, but its realization had been delayed by several challenges. According to him, the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is resolutely committed to the completion of the important project.
Abdullahi said the Federal Government had also awarded a contract for emergency repairs of Tamburawa Bridge along Kano- Kaduna Dual Carriageway in Kano State to Messrs Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd at the cost of N1.9 billion, with a 12-month completion period.
The scope of work in the emergency repairs involves the use of rock-filled gabion protection with reno mattresses, fitters and embankment protection to the abutments. This intervention is premised on public outcry and concern earlier expressed by the governor of Kano State over the scouring around the piles and exposure of substructures of the said bridge and subsequent integrity test carried out by engineers from the ministry