REVEALED! How IPOB Affected Completion Of Second Niger Bridge — Fashola Laments

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has claimed that the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) contributed immensely to the seeming delay in completion of the Second Niger Bridge project.

Fashola made this disclosure on Wednesday when he appeared as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

The MInister said, “These dates keep shifting and people must remember that on the Eastern side, our contractors have not been able to work on Mondays for almost two years and that has affected the completion date.”

According to him, while construction workers work on Saturdays, a 52-day loss cannot easily be made up for in construction work.

Fashola further noted that certain other challenges like relocating transmission lines connecting the East to the West across the Niger River, contributed to days lost and added to the snag that affected the early completion of the bridge within the time earlier stipulated.

Speaking on finishing the last 4km stretch of the road in four months, Fashola said the construction is taking place in a marshland and as such, there is a great need for dredging and sand filling, a process which he says cannot be rushed.

He stressed that the reason the Ministry and its contractors have made great progress on the road so far, is because they have employed the use of Prefabricated Vertical Drains which accelerate settlement and drainage and because of that, workers can start building quicker than would ordinarily have been expected.

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