Cabinet Okays N15 Billion for road linking second Niger Bridge

By Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The Nigerian cabinet has approved the sum of N15 billion for the construction of an access road linking the Benin-Asaba expressway to the 2nd Niger Bridge.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, revealed this while briefing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

He said completion of the road will help achieve the dream of inaugurating the bridge before the current administration leaves office in May.

“The Minister of Works presented a memo seeking approval for the award of contract for the construction of an access road from the existing Benin-Asaba expressway to approach the link road to 2nd Niger Bridge in Delta State.

“As you are aware, the government is determined to commission the 2nd Niger Bridge before the expiration of this administration. We can tell you that the bridge itself is substantially concluded but the contract that was awarded today, although the work has started before now, is actually to connect the Asaba-Benin end to the new bridge.

“The contract was awarded to Julius Berge at a sum of N15 billion. They have started the work but they said it is only proper that they have a contract. We can assure you that the road will be finished in good time for us to commission the 2nd Niger-Bridge,” he said.

Mohammed also disclosed that the Council approved the sum of N16 Billion as augmentation for the dualization of Suleja-Minna road in Niger State.

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