By Ikeugonna Eleke
Mr Frederick Weiser, the Project Director, Julius Berger Nigeria Ltd. last Tuesday said work on the Second Niger Bridge would be completed by February 28, 2022.
Weiser made the disclosure when Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra inspected the on-going work at the project site in Ogbaru near Onitsha.
He said the contract for the construction of the Bridge was awarded over the years but was abandoned due to poor funding and failure to mobilize the contractor to site.
According to him, the Bridge is 1.6 kilometres long with 3.3 kilometers adjoining room from Delta and another seven kilometers at the Anambra end.
The project director who disclosed that the project was awarded at the cost of N206 billion, said the Federal Government had so far released about 15 per cent of the contract sum.
Weiser explained that the firm was currently constructing beams and doing piling work on the Bridge.
'The biggest challenge we had before now was the rising water level of River Niger which has now receded,' he told Obiano.
In his remarks, Gov. Obiano, who commended the Federal Government for releasing huge sums for the project, expressed optimism that the project would be completed as scheduled.
The governor described the bridge as very important to the Southeast and the nation and commended the contracting firm for its zeal to complete the job.