Second Niger Bridge Commencement Ceremony To Hold March 10

Niger bridgeThe Nigerian government will on March 10 perform the ground breaking ceremony for the second Niger Bridge.

President Jonathan told a delegation of Anambra State citizens, who were in the presidential villa on a courtesy visit on Tuesday that the work on the bridge would begin immediately after the ceremony in fulfillment of his campaign promise before he became the president in 2011.

The Anambra citizens came in the company of the outgoing governor, Peter Obi, whose tenure will expire on the March 17.

They thanked the Federal Government for the planned flag-off of the second Niger Bridge project, pledging their support for the government to ensure that the bridge is completed within the stipulated time.

President Jonathan paid glowing tribute to Governor Obi, saying that acrimony between governors and the president does not help in the development of any state.

He commended the governor for demonstrating clearly that he was a good person, citing examples of how he was able to manage a House of Assembly that was predominantly controlled by an opposing political party and his contributions to the economic management team.

The group thanked the president for his support to the outgoing governor and urged the president to extend the same support to the incoming governor Mr Willie Obiano.

The first Niger Bridge was built in 1965 and cost £5 million. The increasing vehicular movement had triggered the need for a second bridge to ease the pressure on the old bridge and at the same time create free movement of vehicles into the commercial city of Onitsha.