The Second Niger Bridge has been opened to vehicular movements, Channels Television reports.
The bridge was open at exactly 9:50am on Thursday, December 15, 2022 although the Federal Government had said that the bridge would be opened at 12am.
A government official who spoke to Channels Television, explained that the delay was as a result of some little adjustments on the roads linking the bridge.
Expressing his delight, the first driver to pass through the bridge, Sunday Emem said: “I feel so happy, at least it will reduce the hold-up. We’ve stayed over one hour at the other bridge.”
Obinna Eze, the second driver to pass through the bridge, urged the present administration to complete it before May 2023.
“It is a reality, though it is not 100% complete, so far what we are seeing is impressive. We commend the present administration and we hope they complete it based on the time frame,” Eze said.
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), last Thursday disclosed that the Second Niger Bridge would be open to traffic from December 15, 2022 to January 15, 2023 to ease the experience of travellers during Yuletide break.
The 1.6 kilometers long bridge links Anambra and Delta states.
The Second Niger Bridge was first proposed during the 1978/79 political campaign by then presidential candidate of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the late former President Shehu Shagari.