The federal government has awarded Julius Berger Construction Company N206 billion contract for the main work on the second Niger Bridge.
Nigeria’s minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this during a press briefing in Abuja on Monday.
Fashola said the project expected to be completed in 36 months, would be funded under the presidential infrastructure development fund (PIDF).
The minister said since the project falls under the PIDF, work will no longer stop on account of lack of funding.
He said the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and Abuja-Kaduna-Zaria-Kano road projects would also be funded under PIDF.
Fashola said Julius Berger was awarded the contract after the completion of the initial four phases of the project, “with observable progress”.
Speaking on the factor that caused delay in the project, the minister said the rainy season had increased the depth of the river well above 15 meters, making it hard for the contractor to continue work.
His words: “During peak raining season it slows down their work because really you need divers to go under this is what it takes to build a bridge. So at the height of that raining season when there was flooding, work will slow down,” he said.
“As the raining season ends you will see more activities there. Construction is not subject only to money, materials, and transportation it is also subject to weather.”