FG Plans To Complete Niger Bridge Repair Work December
The Federal Controller of Works, Anambra State, Mr. Innocent Alumonah has said the federal government will complete repair work on the Niger Bridge by December.
Mr. Alumonah said this during an interchange with newsmen at Asaba on yesterday.
He said the essence of the repair is to bring it back to full performance and extend its lifespan.
Alumonah said: “You can agree with me that the bridge is aging and experiencing heavy traffic in addition to the axle loads going through it on daily basis.
“It is on this premise that the federal government decided to award the contract for the reinforcement of the bridge to bring it back to full functionality and extend its lifespan.”
On the completion of the repair works, he noted:
“Soil line protection that will ensure that embankment of the bridge is not eroded and the replacement of the bridge bearing has all been carried out.
“Before the end of this year, we should see the end of the project because it is currently at its completion stage.”
Alumonah also noted that the bridge was built in 1965 and commissioned in 1966 and that the contract for the repair was awarded by the past administration in 2013.
He stated that the work is 78 percent completed and the whole project will be rounded up by the end of the year.
In a related development, the federal government recently stated that work 0on the second Nigeria Bridge is moving in earnest.
It said that work on the Bridge has been done as far as 46 per cent though critics have questioned the veracity of such claim.