2nd Niger Bridge Named after Buhari

…Soludo, Uzodinma, Okowa Witness Commissioning

By Ogochukwu Nwaokafor

The Second Niger Bridge has been named after Nigeria’s outgoing president, Muhammadu Buhari. This comes as Anambra State Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, has described the commissioning of the Second Niger Bridge as a fundamental change that will catalyze new waves of prosperity and economic growth in the Southeast Region.

Governor Soludo made the disclosure at the commissioning and handover of the bridge, which was officially named as Muhammadu Buhari Second Niger Bridge.

The official ceremony was performed by the President at the Bridge Head, Asaba end.

Other projects were also commissioned by President Buhari but however, virtually. They include the Federal Secretariat, Awka; Federal Secretariat, Yenagoa; Lokoja-Oweto Bridge in Nasarawa/Benue State; Ikom Bridge in Cross River State, and Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Road.

Governor Soludo remarked that he was personally overjoyed because the people of the Southeast had long advocated for infrastructural development.

He enumerated other four major projects desired in the region to include the dredging of three channels that will give the Southeast access to the Atlantic, the construction of the Anambra-Lokoja Road, the gas pipeline, and the railway line.

‘Of these five requests, it gives us great pleasure to check one off the list: the construction of the Second Niger Bridge.

‘President Buhari, the Southeast will remember you as you leave office. It will not be a mistake to refer to the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, as Mr. Infrastructure. This is indeed a fulfilled promise.

‘We express our heartfelt gratitude for connecting Anambra, Asaba, and Delta,’ Soludo said.

Governor Soludo thanked the President and the Federal Government of Nigeria for completing the project which he described as critical.

Earlier, President Buhari expressed delight at being able to provide developmental services as part of his efforts to upgrade and renew Nigeria’s infrastructure, stressing that it was used to combat poverty and promote economic growth for the people.

‘Getting out of poverty is much more difficult without infrastructure investment. This reflects our administration’s emphasis on the well-being of the people.

‘The Second Niger Bridge is now a reality, and it will provide business efficiency and service in a timely manner.

‘It is my distinct honour to open the bridge to the public. This is an example of the long-term change that we promised,’ President Buhari said.

For his part, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, stated that the bridge’s unveiling connected every part of Nigeria which he described as a story of development.

‘The Muhammed Buhari second Niger Bridge is a story about how Buhari’s policies meet people where they are; how travel time has been reduced by half, and how multi-dimensional poverty has been pushed back.’ Stated Fashola.

In their separate speeches, the Governor of Delta State, represented by his Chief of Staff, Rt. Hon. Ovie Agas; and the Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma, said the bridge, which they described as a promise made and kept, would link the Old Eastern Region, Old Western Region and outside the world.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; State Minister for Works, and Housing, Hon. Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub; Chief of Staff to Governor Soludo, Mr. Ernest Ezeajughi; President-General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; MD Julius Berger, Dr. Lars Richter; among others, attended the event which also featured official unveiling of the project by Senator Ngige on behalf the President, flanked by the governors and others.