Work on the 2nd Nigeria bridge has been moving along so smoothly that 40 per cent of the project has already been completed.
This is according to a report released by the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority on Friday which contradicts an earlier report by Julius Berger that claimed only 28 per cent had been completed.
In the German company's report dated November 15, 2019, the firm stated that the scope of works comprises of 1.6km long River Niger Bridge and 10.3km highway inclusive Owerri interchange and toll station.
Needless to say, this now causing confusion among observers
NSIA which is a joint sponsor on the financing and construction of the bridge made their revelation in a series of messages posted on its Twitter handle, @nsia_nigeria. In the statement, NSIA also revealed that the decking stage of the bridge, which will last 32 weeks, will commence next week.
The tweet read, “Second Niger Bridge is over 40 per cent complete.
“Significant work has been done along the 11.9km stretch of on-going construction.
“The decking phase for the bridge commences next week and will last for another 32 weeks.
“At completion, the Second Niger Bridge will ease travel time through the Eastern region and boost economic activity across the country.
“We expect completion by 2022.”
Work commenced on the project site on September 1, 2018, and was pencilled to last 42 months.