The Federal Government today announced it has awarded contract for early works on the Second Niger Bridge and emergency repairs at the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano State at a total cost of N16.3 billion.

Mr Mohammed  Abdullahi, the Assistant Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

Former president Goodluck Jonathan had in 2014 flagged off the N117 billion Second Niger Bridge in Onitsha, Anambra State.

The project, awarded to Julius Berger in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement, is expected to link the South East with the South West and North.

Jonathan had then announced that in order to facilitate timely delivery of the contract, his administration had made a commitment to contribute 25 percent of the construction cost in the sum of N30 billion, assuring that the project would be delivered in four years.

However, Abdullahi today stated that contract for the second Niger Bridge was awarded to Messrs Julius Berger (Nig.) Ltd. at a total cost of N14.4 billion.

He also noted that contract for emergency repairs at the Tamburawa bridge in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State was awarded to Messrs. Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd. at a total cost of N1.9 billion.

He said that the existing Niger Bridge, inaugurated on Jan. 4, 1966 had severely been overstressed, adding that its continued serviceability could not be assured.

According to him, the idea of a Second Niger Bridge started way back in the late 1970s but its realisation is delayed by several challenges.

He added that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was resolute to the completion of the projects.

Abdullahi said the scope of work for the emergency repairs of Tamburawa Bridge would involve the use of rock-filled gabion protection with reno mattresses, fitters and embankment protection to the abutments.

He said the intervention followed what he called public outcry and concern earlier expressed by Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the exposure of substructures of the bridge.

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