The FG has awarded a contract for early works on the Second Niger bridge and emergency repairs at the Tamburawa bridge in Kano State at a total cost of N16.3 billion.
The Assistant Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mohammed Abdullahi made this known in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
Abdullahi stated that the contract for the second Niger Bridge was awarded to Julius Berger (Nig.) Ltd. at a total cost of N14.4 billion.
Abdullahi noted that contract for emergency repairs at the Tamburawa Bridge in Dawakin Kudu LGAs in Kano State was awarded to Borini Prono & Co. (Nig.) Ltd. at a total cost of N1.9 billion.
Mr. Abdullahi said that the existing Niger Bridge, inaugurated on January 4, 1966, had severely been overstressed, adding that its continued serviceability could not be assured.
According to him, the idea of a Second Niger Bridge started way back in the late 1970s but its realisation is delayed by several challenges. He added that the administration of Pres. Buhari was resolute to the completion of the projects.