President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday, inaugurate the 2nd Niger Bridge and six other legacy projects completed by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing across the country.
According to a statement issued on Monday by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, the move is a follow-through on his administration’s determination to upgrade and expand the nation’s stock of infrastructure,
The projects to be inaugurated comprise three major bridges, three federal secretariats and a road project.
The statement affirmed that event will be headlined by the Second Niger Bridge which was conceptualised in 2005.
It added: “In 2014, there was an attempt to begin the project through Public Private Partnership (PPP), but this was not successful. The construction began in 2016 with the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF).
“Other projects slated for inauguration are the Loko-Oweto Bridge across River Benue to link to Nasarawa State and the Ikom Bridge in Cross River State, while the road project is the completed section of the over 200 kilometres of Kano-Kaduna dual carriage expressway and three new federal secretariats.
“The first of the federal secretariats at Awka is located at Executive Business District Layout, Awka South Local Government Area, Anambra State and is situated on a 5.106 hectares of land.”
The presidency further disclosed that the project was first awarded on December 9, 2011, but was practically completed and taken over by the Ministry of Works and Housing on July 14, 2022.
The secretariat has a total of 498 office spaces, a conference hall, four committee rooms, an exhibition hall, a banking hall, a post office and befitting reception. In addition, the secretariat is equipped with elevator facilities, as well as laid-out parking spaces and drainages, staff canteen, fire hydrant, among others.
The second federal secretariat in Gusau, Zamfara State is located at Unguwan Dan Lawan, off Sokoto by-pass road, Gusau, Zamfara State.
The project is situated on 7.5 hectares of land and was awarded, but was completed and taken over by the Ministry of Works on November 30, 2022.
The third project to be inaugurated is the federal secretariat, Yenagoa, which is located at Alamieyeseigha Road, in Bayelsa State. It is situated on 7.5 hectares of land and was awarded on December 9, 2011, but was completed and taken over by the Ministry on November, 302022.
The statement recalled that Buhari had inaugurated the fourth project, the Federal Secretariat Lafia, located at Bukar Sidi along Jos Road, Lafia, Nasarawa State in February this year.