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Reps query presidency over state of Niger Bridge

The House of Representatives will on Tuesday next week take a motion on the failure of the Executive to construct the Niger Bridge , after several budgets have been passed for that purpose.

The budgets for the construction of a second Niger Bridge since 2008 amount to N13.5billion.
The House had first, on July 9, 2008 passed a resolution calling on the Government to commence work on the road, but the construction work is yet to begin.

The 44-year old bridge faces an imminent collapse, with the weight of traffic on it everyday.
A Motion of Urgent National Importance, sponsored by Rep. CID Maduabum (PDP Nnewi/Anambra State), which would be read on the floor of the House on Tuesday next week, states in part that the project was approved at “the initial cost of N56billion as a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project”.

The motions states that “The Federal Government was to contribute 20%, the Anambra State Government, 10%; the Delta Stat5e Government 10% and the Private sector-led by the proposed contractor contributing 60%”.

The mover of the motion is worried that “That the PPP structure has completely failed as the Anambra and Delta States have backed out of the project citing budgetary constraints and the fact that the road and bridge are within the jurisdiction of the Federal Government”.

The Mover of the Motion wants to urge the “Federal Government to take steps to revoke the Public Private Partnership Structure of the project and take sole responsibility of constructing a second Niger Bridge ”


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