The Federal Government has awarded contract for additional early works on the second Niger Bridge linking Delta and Anambra states in South-South and South-East zones.
The contractor handling the project is Messrs Julius Berger (Nig.) Ltd. at total cost of N14,446,010,416.16 (Fourteen billion, four hundred and forty-six million, ten thousand, four hundred and sixteen naira, sixteen kobo), according to an information provided by Mohammed Abdullahi, who is an Assistant Director in charge of information at the Federal Ministry of Works.
He noted that the existing Niger Bridge which was commissioned on January 4, 1966, was severely over-stressed and its continued serviceability cannot be assured.
The director stated that the idea of a second Niger Bridge commenced way back in the late 1970s although its realization has been delayed by several challenges.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has also awarded a contract for emergency repairs of Tamburawa Bridge along Kano- Kaduna Dual Carriageway in Kano State to Messrs.Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd.
The cost of the project is N1,898,456,175.00K (One billion, eight hundred and ninety-eight million, fourhundred and fifty-six thousand, and one hundred and seventy-five naira) with a twelve-month completion period
The scope of works for the emergency repairs involves the use of rock-filled gabion protection with renomattresses, fitters and embankment protection to the abutments.