The contractor who built the Second Niger Bridge, Julius Berger, has officially handed over the project to Federal Government.
The Minister of Works, Senator David Umahi, on the occasion commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his predecessor, Muhammadu Buhari, for providing the needed support that led to the completion of the project.
He expressed confidence that the All Progressive Congress, APC-led administration of Tinubu would deliver more projects across the country.
The Minister also commended Julius Berger.
He, however, noted that some ancillary works, including completion of the interchange on the Asaba end of the road, had yet to be completed.
He said: “This will ensure that road users do not have to go through Asaba town where they will encounter traffic hitches before accessing the bridge.”
He also noted that the Federal Government plans to concession the interchange works to investors who will recover their money from the toll plazas on the road.
According to Umahi, Julius Berger and the Ministry of Works reached an agreement on the power supply issue on the road and bridge.
“We agreed that they will deploy solar system to tackle the power issue so that there will be constant light and this will improve security on the road”, he said.
Managing Director of the Company, Lars Richter, thanked the Federal Government for the opportunity given the company to carry out the project.
“We are very pleased to hand over this project today to the client which is the Federal Government”, he said.
Director of Bridges Designs South East of the Ministry, Obioha Bede, urged the people of the region to make judicious use of the bridge.
He also urged them to protect the facilities from being vandalized.