Report reaching TOS TV, disclosed that the Second Niger Bridge in Onitsha, Anambra State, being constructed by the Federal Government, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, may be completed before the 2022 completion date.
The Controller, Federal Ministry of Works in charge of Anambra State, Engr. Adeyemo Ajani, gave the hint recently, when the Nigeria Society of Engineers from Abuja, led by their President, Engr. Chinasaokwu Okoli, visited the place.
Ajani, who conducted them round the project, due to the speed of the construction firm, Messrs Julius Berger, the project is likely to be completed before the approved date.
He said that the last time the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, visited the place, about two months ago, the work stood at about 15 percent, while today, it had risen to 23.18 percent completion.
According to him: “From the way the work is going, we are likely to complete the work before 2022. Everything is possible, the construction is fast, and everyone is happy with the firm handling it.”
The Second Niger Bridge stands at 150 metres wide, according to Ajani, compared to the first bridge that was built in 1965, which was only 60 metres wide.
However, the Engineers raised an alarm over possibility of suicide cases, if the pedestrian platform is not raised to a certain height.
Speaking with Reporters on Saturday, July 13, at the Onitsha end of the bridge, the Leader of the delegation, Engr. Chinasaokwu Okoli, described it as a wonderfully crafted contract.
He stated that their concern is not that the project is not moving smoothly, adding that, the concern they had was a positive one, because considering the number of suicide cases in the country today, there is need to raise the pedestrian pathway.
Okoli said that the normal height should be above 1.5 metres high, in order to make it difficult for anyone that may want to jump into the River.