Second Niger Bridge Project Still On-Course – Works Ministry
The Federal Ministry of Works wishes to clarify that reports suggesting that work on the Second River Niger Bridge has been suspended due to non-compliance with environmental laws were based on inaccurate information.
Contrary to recent reports, work on the Second River Niger Bridge Project continues to progress according to schedule ensuring timely completion of the Bridge, which is set to be executed under the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement for a concessional period of 25 years through the Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) model. The Ministry is working with the Julius Berger-NSIA Motorways Investment Company (JB-NMIC) Consortium, preferred bidder for the development of the Second River Niger Bridge Project, to ensure timely execution of the project.
In fact, under an Early Works Arrangement, the nominated EPC contractor, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, has commenced full mobilization to site and timely execution of scheduled activities is anticipated. The JB-NMIC Consortium has assured that compliance with Nigerian Environmental Laws is of paramount priority and that Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) is an intrinsic part of the Early Works, which is being carried out in compliance with the environmental laws of Nigeria. It was highlighted during the groundbreaking ceremony that this landmark project is part of the transformation agenda of the President Jonathan’s administration and once again wish to assure the good people of the South East Geo-political zone and indeed the entire citizenry of Nigeria who are the beneficiary of this critical national infrastructure project, of the Federal Government’s resolve to actualize it.
Federal Ministry of Works, Headquarters, Mabushi, Abuja.
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