Three Federal ministry, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Senator George Akume,Mr Babatunde Fashola on thursday went on an inspection tour of the 1.8-km Loko-Oweto bridge across River Venue completed by President Mohammed Buhari
The above was contained in apress statement statement released by Segun Adeyemi, the Special Assistant to the President on Media, it is said that,the President is seeking to leave a legacy of massive and outstanding infrastructural development in Nigeria.
In the statement,he stated that the inspection is a part of the ongoing media tour of federal government infrastructure projects,which was kick-started two weeks ago with the tour of the Lagos Ibadan Standard Gauge Rail Project
Alhaji Mohammed revealed that the bridge which is being funded from the proceeds of the Sukuk Loan,is 97.3% completed.The Loko- Owe to bridge is part of a network that includes the 106-kilometer road from Oweto to Otukpo,which is completed,and the 76-kilometre road from Loko end of the bridge to Nassarawa,which is at 20% completion stage
The bridge is both linked for the Northern and Southern part of the country. Even though we call it Loko-Oweto Bridge, also linking, Nasarawa and Benue state,going further to link the South-South and the South-East.
In his remark,the Minister said, the communities (some members including the ministers) highlights how this bridge has greatly helped the area of curving insecurities,while fostering integration and friendship between the two communities. The government will continue to showcase to Nigerians how it is judiciously utilizing the loans it has taken to develop infrastructure across the country,instead of exchanging words with naysayers
In his speech,the ministry of Works and Housing,Mr Fashola,explained that while the bridge itself has been completed,the link roads on both ends should be ready by the end of the year.
Mr Fashola said the bridge is one of the 37 bridges across the country that are either being constructed or rehabilitated by the Federal Government,listing others as including the Third Maintained Bridge in Lagos, the Second Niger Bridge,the Ikom Bridge in Cross River,the Murtala Mohammed Bridge in Kotonkarfe,Kogi State,the Tatabu Bridge linking Niger and Kwara States,the Isaac Boro Bridge in Port Harcourt and the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano State.
Also speaking, the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator Akume called on the people of Benue and Nasarawa States to remain peaceful in order to attract more projects to the area.
Mr Igor Zavodchiki, the Chief Engineer of the construction company handling the Loko-Oweto bridge, Mssrs RCC Nig. Ltd. pledged to deliver the project, including the approach roads, by the end of the year. Zavodchiki said the second lane of the bridge has already been opened for vehicular movement.
The Loko-Oweto Bridge project consists of two dual-lane bridges, tagged Northern and Southern bridges.