Nigeria: The construction of the 2nd bridge over the Niger has created more than 5,500 jobs – Official

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President Buhari is expected to commission the bridge in October 2022.

The construction of the second Niger bridge has provided employment opportunities for more than 5,500 Nigerians, according to Anambra State Federal Works Comptroller Adeyemo Ajani.

Mr. Ajani revealed this on Tuesday during the inspection of the project by a delegation led by Ibrahim Gambari, the chief of staff of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Other members of the delegation were the Minister of Public Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; his Labor and Employment counterpart, Chris Ngige and a representative of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).

“At the peak of building this project, we had over 1,500 employees employed locally from here. That’s for direct employment. And when you look at indirect employment, like vendors, suppliers and others, more than 4,000 people were hired for this construction,” he said.

Mr Ajani said records showed that the project had improved the socio-economic condition of people living in the area.

The President’s Chief of Staff, Mr. Gambari, in his remarks, said the pace of socio-economic development would increase in the region once the project is completed.

The second bridge over the Niger would be commissioned by President Buhari in October 2022, the delegation said.

Mr Fashola, who said the delegation was happy with the level of progress, said the project had so far gobbled up more than 400 billion naira.

“Before, some people said there was no bridge, but now we are walking on the bridge,” Fashola said during a briefing to reporters.

The new bridge, which is managed by Julius Berger Nig Ltd, is 1.6 km long. It connects Anambra and Delta States and is expected to reduce traffic congestion and pressure on the First Niger Bridge.

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