The Senate Committee on Works has commended the quality and extent of work done so far on the second Niger bridge in Onitsha Anambra State. The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Adamu Aliero, made the commendation after an inspection tour on the project site in Onitsha.
Contract for the second Niger bridge was awarded in 2014 by the administration of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Senator Adamu Aliero told journalists that the committee was impressed with the extent of work going on so far on the bridge and expressed optimism that with the speed of the work, the project would be completed within the stipulated time.
He said that from all indications, adequate measures had been taken to avoid mistakes observed on the first Niger bridge.
Senator Aliero also said that the committee was satisfied with the structural design going on and gave the assurance that funding of the project would not be a problem as funds could be sourced from both the yearly budget and the loot from public funds.
For his part, the Federal Controller on Works in Anambra State, Mr. Adeyemo Ajani, pointed out that series of underground studies were undertaken before the commencement of the project to ensure quality delivery.
Mr. Ajani said that so far, works completed on the bridge included structure and sand filling, noting that they were now on deck starting from the Asaba end.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria, some residents of the area, Mr. Paul Ndube and Mrs. Jane Offor, said they thought that it was one of the political statements usually made by politicians but expressed delight at the extent of work. The project is expected to be completed in February 2022.