The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has said that the second Niger bridge was now completed and will soon be opened to the public for use.
Fashola disclosed this on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at the National Press Center, Radio House Abuja, during the media briefing of his Ministry’s scorecard during President Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration, 2015-2023.
According to him, what was delaying the commissioning of the bridge was the construction of the link road to the bridge from both the Asaba and Onitsha axes.
“I can confirm that the second Niger Bridge itself is finished. People can walk through it now. What remains now is the link roads”, he said.
On Housing, the Minister informed that the National Housing Programme initiated by the Ministry of Works and Housing at the onset of the Muhammadu Buhari led administration had affordability and accessibility as key considerations.
He said, “the National Housing Programme is now delivering on its objective of stimulating the economies of the 35 states and the FCT. Jobs have been created in the communities where the construction of the houses are being built. Such needs for artisans, builders, engineers, and other skilled persons in the built industry, the construction sites have been and remain centres of supply for building materials and other commodities”.
Fashola explained that with the Programme now in a season of completion, many of the houses had been completed and were now being handed over to the beneficiaries who followed the allocation procedure set out in the National Housing Programme web portal.
“The National Housing Programme has therefore produced new home owners but in the process also produced citizens who found economic fulfilment as contractors, suppliers of various construction items and artisans”, he concluded.