Second Niger Bridge partly funded with recovered loots – Senate Committee

The Senate Committee on Works led by Sen. Adamu Aliero on Wednesday inspected the progress of labor on the second Niger Bridge and stated that funding wouldn’t pose a problem.

Aliero, who expressed satisfaction with the extent of labor performed on the bridge, stated one of many sources of funding by the Federal Government was the recovered loots from corrupt politicians.

The senate committee on works was accompanied on the inspection by the Controller of Works in Anambra, Mr Adeyemo Ajani.

The chairman stated that members of the committee had been on the second Niger Bridge web site to examine the extent of labor performed on the challenge which began in 2015.

“The funding preparations are in place.

“Most of the contractors doing a contract with the Federal Ministry of Works are complaining of lack of funding, however this challenge is one that’s not affected by lack of funds.

“Adequate preparations have been made by the federal government to fund it with the National Sovereign Investment Authority and recovered looted funds.

“Any time the contractor generates a certificate, he is paid; that is why work is moving speedily and progressively,” the Senate committee chairman stated.

He expressed optimism that if the current tempo was sustained, the federal authorities would have the ability to hand over the challenge by 2022.

Responding to the issues expressed by some Nigerians that Julius Berger’s marketing consultant on the challenge lives in South Africa, Aliero stated, “the consultant living in South Africa is not a problem.”

He added: “They have native companions which might be doing the work for them whereas the marketing consultant visits once in a while.

“There are many Nigerian engineers working in this place; 70 per cent of the labourers are Nigerians.

“They are the ones providing the services while the company ensures compliance with the local content law.”

“They are doing the work on the highest stage of engineering design.

“Adequate measures have been taken by the contractor to keep away from all of the errors of the previous on the primary Niger Bridge.

“That is why the design was given to a foreigner, a German, and it is being done in such a way that the bridge when constructed, would last for 100 years.”

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