Saturday, May 4, 2019 11:26 pm
Osinbajo expressed optimism that the project would be delivered on schedule as President Buhari was personally committed to completing the project.
”The Second Niger Bridge is so important for the economy of the South East and for the Nigerian economy, and of course, it is not just the bridge, there are the access roads, which are also very important.
“It is obvious so much progress has been made here; it is an important project that the President is committed to completing.
“As you can see, the foundation goes all the way down, and this is just the Asaba end of the bridge. There is also the Anambra end of the bridge, so it is a lot of work.
Osinbajo said that the commitment of the Buhari administration to complete strategic infrastructure projects that would improve the nation’s economy, necessitated the creation of the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF).
The PIDF is an initiative of Buhari administration which is to be invested specifically in critical road and power projects across the country.
According to him, there are some critical infrastructure that are consider ed very strategic to Nigeria’s economic plan and which, through PIDF, will hopefully be completed.
Osinbajo said projects being executed under the PIDF included the Kano-Abuja expressway, the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the Mambila hydro project, among others.
“The good thing is that the President has set aside the funds, the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund, which is a fund dedicated to certain strategic projects, including the Second Niger Bridge.”
Earlier before embarking on the tour of the Second Niger Bridge project, the vice president paid a courtesy call on the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, at his palace in Onitsha.Osinbajo assured the monarch of the Federal Government’s commitment to be fair and just in the execution of projects across the country.
He said that there were other initiatives being implemented by the Federal Government in Anambra State in partnership with the state government.
“Anambra State was the very first state to accept what we call the HomeGrown School Feeding Programme, which is a Federal Government programme. Anambra State was the very first state to accept and implement it the way we wanted it to be implemented,” he said.
While in Anambra State, Osinbajo also visited the Eke-Awka market in Awka, and the Ochanja market in Onitsha, to monitor ongoing disbursement of the TraderMoni to over three thousand petty traders at the markets
So far, over 30,000 persons have been enumerated in Anambra State while about 27,000 loans have been disbursed and over 18,000 cashed out.
The Buhari administration’s N10,000 TraderMoni loans is a part of its National Social Intervention Programmes (N-SIP).