The Federal Government yesterday approved the commencement of the upgrade of work at the 2nd Niger Bridge to facilitate an improvement of the economy of the people of Delta, Edo states and the South-south region in general.
Receiving a delegation of elders from Delta and Edo states (led by the Minister for Works, Mike Onolememen) on behalf of President Goodluck Jonathan at the State House, Abuja, Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo said the decision became necessary in view of the economic potentials of the areas.
The delegation, made up of Ebu, Illah, Emu, Inyede and Igbedo, the host and immediate benefiting communities of the Utor River Bridge on the Asaba-Illah-Emu- Ahia-Uromi road, was on a ‘thank you visit’ to the Federal Government for the successful completion of the project.
Sambo stated: “the President’s approval for the commencement of the work also includes the upgrade of the arteries and connections to the bridge. He directed the minister of works to ascertain the actual areas that need to be dualised.”
The vice president stated that the completion of the bridge project would likely attract an increased flow of traffic.
He directed that designs must be presented for the future dualisation of the road, adding that the work was scheduled to begin in 2015.