For doubting Thomases, a camera has been mounted for interested parties and stakeholders to confirm and follow the pace of work on the Second Niger Bridge.
A trending post on social media emerged showing the link to the Julius Berger project, being paid for from the nation’s Sovereign Wealth Fund.
The images have put paid to speculations as to the sincerity of the Federal Government to the project as has been questioned by cynics.
The trending post on social media reads: “Julius Berger have done something very interesting – Installed a Live Cam on the Second Niger Bridge, so y’all can follow the progress of work. So swith! https://t.co/viuqubUA44 #infrastructure #Nigeria
“A project by the Federal Government of Nigeria, represented through the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing in collaboration with the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority
Recall that when Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State visited the site of the project about five months ago, he was full of praises for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I have no choice than to praise President Muhammadu Buhari for his determination in the implementation of other federal government projects in the state and other states in the region,” he said.
The Project Director, Julius Berger Construction Company, Mr Fredrick Wieser, explained that the construction would be in three phases.
Wieser noted that the federal government has already made advance payment of 15 per cent which amounted to N30 billion as mobilisation fee.
According to him, the bridge will be 1.6 km, while the access road from Asaba axis will be 3.3 km and 7km from Anambra respectively.
“Right now, we are doing foundation work in the river which will be 50 metres deep.
“The pilling work in the river will be 15 metres above water level to allow free flow of ships,’’ he said.
He, however, pointed out that with the determination of the present administration, the project would be delivered on or before Feb. 28, 2022