President Jonathan Performs Ground Breaking Ceremony Of Second Niger Bridge [PHOTOS]
President Goodluck Jonathan on Monday performed the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Second Niger Bridge, at Onitsha, Anambra State.
Though coming very late in the administration of the President after promising Nigerians and particularly the people of the Southeast during his campaign that he will complete the bridge before the end of his tenure in 2015 or go on exile, the second Niger bridge when completed will complement the existing Niger Bridge linking the Southeast to other geo-political regions.
In his remarks at the occassion, the president said “the Federal Government is executing this project under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for a concession period of 25 years, precisely, through a ‘Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT)’ model. We are confident in the capacity and competence of the Concessionaire, Messrs Julius Berger-NSIA Consortium, to deliver on this project, at the construction cost of about N117 Billion Naira.
“The impact of this bridge is beyond economics and commerce. This bridge, when completed, will strengthen the Handshake Across the Niger and promote integration amongst the people of Nigeria”, Jonathan said.
“Building bridges, and not just physical ones, is something every Nigerian should be engaged in and this administration has taken extra ordinary measures, including the convocation of a National Conference amongst our people, to ensure that just as the physical bridges are being constructed, Nigerians from all geo-political zones can construct new bridges of friendship even as we strengthen old ones.”
“To facilitate timely delivery, the Federal Government has made a commitment to contribute 25% of the construction cost, in the sum of N30 Billion.”
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