President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday commissioned the approximately 1.6km Second Niger Bridge linking Asaba in Delta State with Onitsha, Anambra State, and other states of the South-East.
Buhari commissioned the bridge via Zoom, describing it as one of the critical infrastructures delivered by his administration to fight poverty, promote economic growth and ensure progress for the people.
“I am honoured to hand over this bridge and other projects for public use. The bridge will reduce travel time and promote economic activities in the South East, South-South and other parts of the country,” Buhari said.
“Those crossing the old Niger Bridge will no longer experience gridlock as it will help to improve the socio-economic activities of the South-East. In eight years, I am proud to say that we have developed Nigeria’s stock of infrastructure of Gross Domestic Products from about 20 per cent to over 40 percent and that is not a small undertaken,” he said.
The bridge is named after Buhari and, according to the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola, who also joined the event via Zoom, the decision was arrived at after consultation with the state governors and other critical stakeholders.
“This is a clear case of how infrastructure supports the people. It will take only a few minutes to cross the bridge of approximately 1.5km, travel time is reduced by 50 percent,” Fashola said.
“By this bridge, various properties in the area have appreciated,” he said.