The Federal Government yesterday said that the Second Niger Bridge is now at 91 per cent completion.

This is because the Federal Government has claimed that the sit-at-home in the southeast has affected the pace of work at the 2nd Niger Bridge.

Recall that the bridge was billed for completion in February but was delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown and EndSARS protests.

Featuring at the Special Weekly briefing coordinated by the Presidential Communications Team at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, said that the Second Niger Bridge was one of the cardinal projects of President Muhammadu Buhari’s-led administration.

The briefing was to enable him to provide further updates on key collaborations between the federal and the state governments in the implementation of some of the major reforms being executed by the Ministry and the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF).

The Minister said that 1,486 people have been directly employed for the Second Niger Bridge while another 8,110 indirect jobs have been created.

He put the cost of three major PIDF projects at N1.3 trillion. The projects are Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano Expressway (375km): N797 billion, Second Niger Bridge (11.59km): N206 billion and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (127km): N310 billion.

On when the projects will be completed, Fashola said that Lagos Ibadan Express Way and Second Niger Bridge are on course to be completed this year 2022, while the main Carriageway of Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano expressway is scheduled for completion by Q2 2023, adding that ancillary works will be completed later.

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