By Peter Okolie
Some residents of Anambra have counseled President Muhammadu Buhari for guaranteeing the graduation of labor on the second Niger Bridge.
Some of the residents advised the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews on Monday, that the president’s achievement of his promise indicated that it was expensive to his coronary heart.
NAN experiences that the thought of the second Niger Bridge, awarded to Julius Berger Nig. Ltd, was envisaged to scale back the load and strain on the prevailing Niger Bridge.
A Correspondent of NAN, who visited the venture web site to determine the extent of labor carried out, experiences that some employees had been seen working a huge gear used for piling.
In his response, Prof. Dennis Aribodo of the Department of Public Health Parasitology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, described the bridge as a “necessary link to promote the economy of the country.”
“The bridge invariably serves as an alternative if anything happens to old Niger Bridge. It is an important economic project of huge benefit to the country,” he mentioned.
Aribodo confused the necessity for correct supervision of the venture to make sure that work was carried out to specification.
Also, Mrs Anthonia Udem, a meals vendor near the venture web site, who expressed happiness over the venture; nonetheless, decried the gradual tempo of labor by the development firm.
Udem described the angle of the development agency as “419” (fraud).
“I’m glad in regards to the work, simply that these folks need to play us 419 once more. I say so as a result of this work is meant to be prepared by now however they are going to work in the present day and tomorrow they gained’t work.
“I want government to execute the project fast so that the bridge will be useful to us and everybody will be happy,” Udem mentioned.
On his half, Mr Chukwuemeka Okonkwo, a sand excavator close to the venture web site, additionally decried the gradual tempo of labor on the Bridge.
Okonkwo mentioned based mostly on the significance of this venture, the work must be carried out each day and night time to make sure early completion.
“The Federal Government should provide the necessary logistics like money because when you mobilize and give them enough money, they will get more equipment and labour,” Okonkwo mentioned.
However, a high official of Julius Berger Nig. Plc, who pleaded anonymity, mentioned work resumed totally on the web site in November 2017.
According to the supply, the group can not dictate the tempo of labor although they see we’re working.
“Julius Berger has a peculiar manner of engaged on web site. Currently, we’re doing largely piling now on floor after the one carried out within the water. We have equally completed the piling on the Asaba facet.
“What we’re doing now’s what we name early works 4, which implies we’ve got carried out that of 1 to a few and these are preparation for the main work to start.
“Early works 4 will probably be accomplished by June or July for the main work to start.
“From what the Federal Ministry of Works has told us, there will be no stoppage until work is completed; meaning, funding will not interrupt the project or slow it down,” the supply mentioned.
However, the supply mentioned the problem of compensation on affected communities cropped up often, noting nonetheless, that the Federal Ministry of Works had equally promised to resolve the problem.