The Federal Government has approved the sum of N18 billion from the SURE P fund for the rehabilitation of the Onitsha – Enugu Road in Anambra State.
This is even as it disclosed that the procurement for the second Niger bridge has been on going ?for the past 10 months, saying that only recently the Federal Executive Council meeting approved transaction adviser for the project.
The government also said seven internationally known firms have expressed interest in the project and assured concenssioneer will be announced by the end of the year and by March 2013 it will be the ground breaking ceremony.
President Goodluck Jonathan disclose this through the Minister of Works, Mike Onolememen during the town hall meeting held at the newly commissioned Governor’s lodge in Anambra State.
On the Onitsha – Enugu Road, the Works Minister said government has also released N2 billion used to fix the road to the Upper Iweka road.
The Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala also assured that second Niger Bridge has been a priority of President Jonathan’s administration.
“Resources are also prority and so is one of the prority project under the SURE Programme.
“On erosion in the state, we have been abel to secure World Bank facility worth$400 million to support the project with at 40 year period to repay, at zero interest and 10 years of grace”, she said.
The President also reiterated his happiness with the number of ?commissioned projects done by the private sector.
“The private sector has the money, government has to provide level playing ground as well as the incentives.
“Before the end of next year Nigerians will know we are committed. This will be possible through the cooperation of government and private sector.
“Obi is my honourary adviser on economy while Governor Nyako is honourary adviser on agric.
“Obi’s initiative and creativity are oustanding because of his background in private sector.
“We are totally committed to Niger Bridge. It is important to note that 53 per cent of economy is around Lagos and so you must access Lagos and so we must built Niger Bridge.
“I will leave the country if I don’t fulfil my promise on second Niger Bridge. The First Niger Bridge was built by the first Azikiwe and great son of Anambra State and the second will be built by second Azikiwe, me”.
“We want Nigerians to celebrate Christmas with stable power and resurfaced roads.
President Goodluck Jonathan further gave the assurance that he will get a competent person from the south east to replace former minister of Power, Prof. Bart Nnaji.
He said Nnaji did not commit any offence, “he is a professionalised person and worked with the World Bank. But we have to show integrity in whatever we do”, he said.
Jonathan reaffirmed his commitment in credible elections in the coming ones having already demonstrated.
The rehabilitation of Orji River as well as ?issue of early payments for good supplied federal government for development by indigenes.