THE Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has given May 15 as the expected date of delivery for the Second Niger Bridge with four kilometres until completion.
Fashola made the disclosure during a live appearance on Channels Television.
Asked when the project will be delivered, he said, “What we expect is around the 15th of May, thereabout, is the timeline we have…. The bridge is finished; one side of the link road is completed. It remains four kilometres of work.”
On the ever-changing expected dates of delivery, the minister reiterated the role of “local circumstances”, such as the sit-at-home order every Monday for the last two years, which according to him have slowed down the work.
“If you look at the number of days we’ve lost over two years, you must factor it into some of these moving targets,” he said.
Fashola also stated that there are compensation issues people are not aware of, including the relocation of 132kVA transmission lines and a power shutdown.
The minister argued that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari deserves praise because, according to him, while his principal’s 2015 campaign promised to boost the economy, infrastructure was not central to the three-point agenda.