President Muhammadu Buhari has commissioned and opened the Second Niger Bridge linking Anambra and Delta States for public use.
President Buhari commissioned the project named after him virtually six days to the end of his administration.
The bridge is one of the legacy projects of the Buhari administration, hoped to decongest the existing Niger bridge and connect South-East with the rest of the country and as well boost economic activities of Southern region.
The main bridge is 1.6km on each carriage way, with an approach road of 10.3km while Temporary Access Road is 2.4km
The ground breaking ceremony of the second Niger bridge was performed on 10th March, 2014 and was completed nine years after.
In his address, President Buhari said his administration is rendering development services to Nigerians and creating economic growth even as his tenure is winding down.
In his address, the Minister of Works, Mr Babatunde Fashola, noted that realization of the Second Niger Bridge and other infrastructure project is in tandem with Buhari’s policy to meet Nigerians at the point of their needs and reduce poverty, adding that posterity will not forget his administration.
The Director Overseeing Office of the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Engineer Folorunso Esan said the project is highly significant for the nation which will aid poverty reduction and improve safety on the roads.
In a good will message, the traditional ruler of Onitsha, Obi Nnaemeka Achebe, represented by Dr Sam Okechukwu thanked the President for making the bridge come to reality, harping on the need for maintenance culture on the road, revealing that the road will decongest traffic in south east region.
Among the political bigwigs that graced the occasion were the Governor of Anambra, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, President of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu among others.
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