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Buhari: I hope to inaugurate second Niger bridge before end of my tenure

Buhari: I hope to inaugurate second Niger bridge before end of my tenure
October 09
09:11 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed hope that the second Niger Bridge will be inaugurated before the end of his tenure in 2023.

Speaking while presenting the 2021 budget to a joint assembly of the senate and house of representatives, Buhari said the bridge has reached 46 percent completion.

The second Niger Bridge project, initiated under the Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, includes the construction of a 1.6 km bridge, a 10.3 km highway, Owerri interchange and a toll station.

The bridge is being constructed across the Niger river and will span from Asaba (Delta state) to Ozubulu and Ogbaru areas in Anambra state.

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“The Second Niger Bridge is at about 46 percent completion. We hope to commission the project before the end of our tenure in 2023,” Buhari said.

On rail-way projects, Buhari said the Lagos-Ibadan rail line will “soon” be completed and arrangements are underway to complete the Ibadan-Kano rail line.

“Also, work will soon commence on the Port Harcourt-Maiduguri line and Calabar-Lagos coastal line, which will connect the southern and eastern states to the north, and the south-south as well as south-east to the north, and south-west, respectively.”

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He explained that the Lagos-Ibadan-Kano; Abuja-Kaduna; Port-Harcourt-Maiduguri; and Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Warri rail lines, upon completion, will minimize the cost of transporting people and goods around the country.

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