The Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, on Tuesday announced the approval of N16.344 billion additional funds by the Federal Government, for the award of contract for additional preliminary works on the Second Niger Bridge linking Delta and Anambra States in the South- South and South- East zones respectively.
A breakdown of the figure showed that Julius (Nigeria) Limited was awarded the contract for the Second Niger bridge at the total cost of N14.446 billion, given, according to a statement by the Ministry that the existing Niger Bridge “commissioned on January 4, 1966 is severely overstressed and its continued serviceability cannot be assured.
“The idea of a Second Niger Bridge started way back in the late 1970s but its realization has been delayed by several challenges,” the statement by Mohammed A. Abdullahi, assistant director, information in the Ministry added, assuring of the resolute commitment of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s to the completion of the important project.
The statement also announced the Federal Government’s award of a contract for emergency repairs of Tamburawa Bridge along Kano-Kaduna Dual Carriageway in Kano State to Borini Prono & Co. (Nigeria) Limited at the cost N1.898 billion with a 12-month completion timeframe.
“The scope of works for 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 the public outcry and concern earlier expressed by the Executive 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,” the statement added.