The second Niger Bridge was opened for vehicular movement at 9:50 am today.
The opening was delayed by about 10 hours having been scheduled for midnight of Thursday.
According to a government official who spoke to Channels Television, the delay was as a result of some adjustments on the roads the roads linking the bridge.
The first driver to pass through the bridge, Sunday Emem, expressed his delight: “I feel so happy, at least it will reduce the hold-up. We’ve stayed over one hour at the other bridge”.
It was first proposed during the 1978/79 political campaign by then-candidate Shehu Shagari of the National Party of Nigeria.
However, in August 2012, the Federal Executive Council under President Goodluck Jonathan approved a contract worth N325 million for the final planning and design of the bridge.
A complicated procedure continued under President Muhammad Buhari, who first cancelled the earlier contract in August 2015.
The administration, however, resumed the contract on 1st September 2018.
Source: Channels Television