Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola has disclosed that the second Niger Bridge will be completed in April.
According to the minister, the high-tension transmission lines across the bridge will be relocated leading to power disruptions in the area for two weeks noting that the high-tension cables are too low for the bridge.
“April is the completion date. Earlier, I had said it will end in February or at the latest, end of the first quarter,” Fashola said.
“Before now, some people said there was no bridge, but now we are walking on the bridge. This is real now. Plus or minus, when we cross the Ts and dot the Is, we will complete it as promised — 11kms and 12kms on both sides of the bridge.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the bridge, minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige said the bridge will be inaugurated in October, adding that all other concerns will be taken into consideration.
“What is important is for the bridge to be completed and commissioned in October. The speed, the environmental concerns are taken care of and the qualities of the bridge to last for many decades are worth celebrating,” he said.