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FG approves upgrade of second Niger Bridge

By on August 8, 2014

Vice President Namadi Sambo on Wednesday said the Federal Government had approved the upgrade of work on the second Niger Bridge.

According to a statement by Sambo’s spokesman, Umar Sani, the vice president disclosed this while receiving a delegation of elders from Delta and Edo states at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The delegation made up of Ebu, Illah, Emu, Inyede and Igbedo, the hosts and immediate benefiting communities of the Utor River Bridge on the Asaba-Illah-Emu-Ahia-Uromi Road, was led by the Minister of Works, Mr. Mike Onolememen.

He said the upgrade of work was approved by the government to facilitate an improvement of the economy of the people of the two states and the South-South region in general.

Sambo added that Presidentm Goodluck Jonathan’s approval for the commencement of the work also covered the upgrade of the arteries and connections to the bridge.

He directed the Minister of Works to ascertain the actual areas that needed to be made dual carriageway.

The vice president pointed out that the completion of the bridge project would likely attract an increased flow of traffic.

To this end, he further directed that the designs must be presented for the future dualisation of the road.

He said that the work was scheduled to commence in 2015.

“The Federal Government is also planning to provide railways in all these areas to make for a more effective transportation system,” Sambo added.