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Julius Berger hits 33% completion of 2nd Niger Bridge, assures 2022 delivery
Leading construction giant in Nigeria, Julius Berger Plc has given strong indication of delivering the second Niger Bridge on or before the given 2022 delivery deadline.
The timely delivery of the scheme is recently boosted with the agreement sealed in the US with Nigerian officials on not only the repatriation of endless Gen Sani Abacha loot tranche of $321m, but that one-third of the loot would be used on the bridge leaving the remaining two-third for Lagos-Ibadan highway reconstruction and Abuja-Kano highway delivery.
Giving progress report before the visiting Minister of Works and Housing Babatunde Fashola on Tuesday, the company’s project supervisor, Friedrich Wieser, said work on the project had reached 33 per cent completion.
“We’re currently doing sand filling of a 7km access road to the bridge and it will be completed by September this year.
According to him, “The entire project would be completed in February 2022. For now, we have no challenges.”
Continuing, Wieser averred that “The Bridge is being designed in line with applicable standard. We already have 1,300 workers working on this project and 425 equipment are on the project site.”
Responding, elated Fashola said President Muhammadu Buhari was passionate about the completion of the project as planned, adding that the scheme had remained “a missed opportunity of the past that has become today’s responsibility. This is a front and centre project for Mr President to improve infrastructure to develop the economy.”
The Minister, who was conducted during the working tour of projects in the axis with the South-East Controller of Works, Mr Adeyemo Ajani, also inspected the Onitsha/Enugu Expressway.