The construction of the second Niger Bridge to connect the south south and south east has started. Job seekers have also trooped to the area in search of work. There is excitement in the south-east region following the start of work on the second Niger Bridge which is meant to link the south south and south-east geopolitical zone.The construction of the bridge has been an issue since the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan who performed the ground-breaking ceremony.Vanguard reports that there was a serious sign that work will begin in earnest while job seekers were seen in the area looking for opportunities to join the workforce. Senator Chris Ngige who is the minister of labour said that the federal executive council had approved N14 billion to enable Julius Berger to commence work. He also said another N16 billion was accommodated in the 2017 budget for additional payment for the construction of the bridge. Ngige said the bridge has been redesigned and would have a railway line that would connect Asaba in Delta State with Onitsha in Anambra State.
This is expected to ease the pressure of heavy-duty vehicles using the bridge to transport goods .He called on Nigerians not to stand in the way of success by making an unnecessary demand.
“This is a project that previous administrations played politics with and the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has decided to ensure its realisation. Our people should not allow the issue of compensation to hinder the construction work because of its enormous benefits to the people,”