The Second Niger Bridge will be available for use beginning at midnight on Thursday, according to a federal government order.
This was said by Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), the Minister of Works, on Wednesday as he opened a bridge that will be open for one month throughout the holiday season.
During the inspection, Fashola took a stroll around the bridge and urged everyone using it to drive cautiously and sensibly to avoid undermining the bridge’s intended usage.
The minister emphasised that Major General Muhammadu Buhari, the president, completed the bridge in order to save lives and reduce poverty brought on by the loss of man-hours as a result of bottleneck on the previous First Niger Bridge.
Quotes from Fashola
He said, “A lot of people have talked about a solution, but the President Muhammadu Buhari administration decided to build the bridge, whatever it took. So, wherever the funds came from—investment, income from our oil assets, repatriation of some funds that were stolen out of Nigeria—they came in from the US.
“The result is now what we see when people are talking about poverty; the biggest part of it is not monetary poverty; it is multidimensional poverty.
“Spending two to three days trying to cross a bridge is poverty. This should take just a few minutes so you can go and do more productive things.
“The President approved that since the bridge is finished, we should create an access road; so that during Christmas you can begin to experience what it would feel like to ply the bridge.”
Motorists obeying speed limits
The minister said, “Vehicles must adhere to the speed limit law, “The maximum speed limit on Nigerian roads is 100 km per hour. Don’t drive 101 kilometres per hour. The President will be happy to see users drive safely and responsibly while using this road, especially during the Christmas and New Year seasons. “It would be open for traffic going from the west to the east from December 15, 2022, to January 15, 2023.
“Let me be clear again; we haven’t finished construction work on the bridge, but we would open it for people to use to relieve the pressure from the one bridge. On January 15, 2023, we would reverse that movement for those coming from the east to the west.”
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