The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Tuesday, said the N51.6 billion Loko- Oweto bridge construction linking Benue and Nasarawa States is at completion stage.
This is even as he reiterated the Federal Government’s determination to holistically rebuild Nigeria through the provision of basic infrastructure.
Fashola in the company of his Agriculture counterpart, Audu Ogbeh made the disclosure while inspecting the project which was awarded to Messrs Reynolds Construction Company (Nig.)Ltd, on 2nd November 2011 with the sum of N51, 612,804,367.37.
The Minister stated that the bridge when completed, will provide a vital link between the North, South, East and West part of the country as well as enhance the socio-political and economic activities in the country.
He maintained that the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is building an unfailing foundation and a dependable fortress by addressing the problems of the infrastructural deficit like the 2nd Niger Bridge, Federal Secretariat, Awka and the Loko- Oweto bridge.
Fashola further noted that the construction of the Loko-Oweto Bridge will, without doubt, bring peace, understanding and mutual respect between the traditional rulers and the people of Benue and Nasarawa States.
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He commended Reynolds Construction Company (RCC} (Nig.) Ltd and the Federal Controller of works, Nasarawa State, Engr. Taiwo Wasiu Adetayo for adhering to job specification and standard.
Earlier, the Traditional Rulers of Nasarawa Local Government Area, in Nasarawa State, Alhaji Abubakar Ahmed Sabo (Mai Loko), and his counterpart in Benue, Chief Godwin Onah (Ada Agatu) commended the current administration’s resolve to construct the bridge.
They noted that this will bring about employment opportunities for youths in both communities.