Says looted funds are working
Julius Berger Plc has given assurance that the 2nd Niger Bridge will be completed in February 2022. Mr Friedrich Wieser, Project Supervisor of the company, gave the assurance when Minister of Works and House, Alhaji Babatunde Fashola, visited and inspected the project on Tuesday.
He said that the project was 33 per cent in progress as against 20 per cent when the minister last visited, pointing out that the company had mobilised 1300 workers and 425 equipment to the site to meet the target scheduled.
Wieser said the work on the 7 kilometres access road world be completed in September this year. “This job is going on smoothly and I am confident that the access road from both Onitsha and Asaba ends will be completed by September 2020. At the moment no challenges, we are following our programme as scheduled.
He affirmed that compensation to the host community was not the responsibilities of the contractor but rather the client (government). “We never have any disturbance because of compensation,’’ Wieser said.
The Minster said that the project was going as scheduled, adding that the recovered looted fund from foreign countries were being used to develop such infrastructure. “You are aware of the efforts of President Muhammadu Buhari to recover money that was stolen out of the country. This is one of the projects in the benefit of that money. This is one of the yesterday missed opportunities that have become today’s responsibility for infrastructure. Again, I reiterate that this is front and centre issue for this government under President Buhari to deliver infrastructure to grow the economy,’’ Fashola said.
According to him, until the bridge is finished, hundreds and thousands here on site will be employed; men and machines, meaning also that some lubricants are being purchased.
“I think the total consumption of diesel throughout the life circle of this project is about 19million litres of diesel; Julius Berger does not make diesel, so people who supply and distribute do make impact on the petroleum sector of the industry.
“Cement is consumed in thousands of tonnes, iron rods and others; so people will see first the economic implication; from the employment and productivity impact to actually funding the project.”
The minister had also visited the on-going road rehabilitation outstanding section of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway: Amansea-Enugu full rehabilitation of Umunya section in Anambra State, Federal housing, Ishiagu and others.