The Federal Government has restated the dedication of the management of President Muhammadu Buhari to finish the 2nd Niger Bridge prior to leaving workplace on May 29, 2023.

Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) assembly presided over through President Muhammadu Buhari on the Presidential Villa on Wednesday.

According to him, activity at the multi-billion naira new bridge used to be virtually whole however for the disruption of labor occasioned through the sit-at-home orders being seen through the folks within the South-East finish of the bridge.

He defined that the sit-at-home being seen on Mondays have conspired to prolong the rate of labor because the contractors have misplaced many man-hours simply as he mentioned that the ones misplaced days had been liable for the prolong within the crowning glory of the mission.

Fashola mentioned the rest paintings in each Obosi and Asaba facets of the bridge had been progressing smartly, assuring that the mission, in spite of the prolong, shall be finished and commissioned prior to the tip of the current management on May 29, 2023.

He mentioned, “I’m sure that the 2nd Niger Bridge shall be finished and commissioned prior to the tip of this management. The paintings final to be finished at the major bridge are simply highway markings, solving of indicators and fittings. It is finished if I might say, therefore it’s being put to transient use now.

“From the Obosi aspect within the Eastern phase, paintings is on-going at the adjacent roads and would had been finished if no longer for the sit-at-home order on Mondays that have slowed the tempo of the paintings.

“Also, from the Asaba end of the bridge, you can see the stockpiling of sand and because it’s a marshy area, after sand-filling, you allow the land to dry up. So we are doing the pre-fabricated stockpiling and soon the works will be completed.”

Also, all the way through his briefing, Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo Jaji, blamed litigation for stalling of dredging of the Calabar Port mission.

He, then again, introduced that President Buhari has directed the Ministry of Transportation and that of the Justice to look to it that the problems had been resolved amicably.

He mentioned, “By approach of background, I wish to state that the Calabar channel control is a component and parcel of the opposite channel managements that had existed between the Nigerian Ports Authority and its three way partnership companions, specifically the Lagos Channel Management, the Port Harcourt Bonny Channel Management, in a different way known as BCCI, Bonny Channel Company Limited and the JV with the Niger Global in appreciate to Calabar Channel.

“Now, you’re mindful that in regards to the 3, NPA had encountered difficulties with the JV partnership, with appreciate to the Calabar channel dredging. This has been on account of a number of litigations from all sides, in regards to the Nigerian Ports Authority however principally the three way partnership companions, Niger Global.

“However, following presidential intervention, the Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Ministry of Justice have been directed to put in everything they can to resolve all outstanding court cases with a view to having a full resumption of this very laudable projects. This we are in the process of doing and should be concluded very soon.”

On his phase, the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, blamed some Civil Society Organisations in addition to some folks in Rivers State for stalling Ogoni clean-up via litigations.

He mentioned this whilst reacting to allegations through the Movement for Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) in opposition to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) charged with imposing the problematic Ogoni Cleanup in Rivers State of sluggish tempo of labor in addition to embezzlement.

He mentioned: “On the agitation through MOSOP that accuses HYPREP of sluggish implementation initiatives, the Federal Government is as involved as MOSOP in relation to the seeming sluggish tempo of the mission execution. But, then again, those are from time to time generally, the government isn’t the direct motive. Sometimes you in finding that folks and CSOs inside Ogoni Land, move to court docket to acquire one kind of order or every other in opposition to HYPREP from continuing with some processes.

“So it has hampered the method as captured in PPP. As we talk now, there is a staff known as the Good Conscience that has long past to court docket to restrain the government from proceeding with that water initiatives. Now we are stalled, we will’t transfer in, we will’t continue, we will’t make any headway.

“So, from time to time these kinds of sluggish processes are brought about through people who have pursuits in explicit spaces or initiatives inside the Ogoni land. But we are as involved as them and with the investment promises that we have got now, now we have in position very sturdy supervisory and tracking analysis workforce that guarantees that it should reach, and naturally, ultimately for bills.

“So we assure that going forward with the funding that we have in place, with the strong supervisory that we have now in place. And then, of course the assurances we’re having from the stakeholders, there should be a reinvigorated peace in terms of project execution in Ogoni land.”

On the allegation of embezzlement in opposition to HYPREP, the minister mentioned, “To the most efficient of my wisdom, a few of these accusations, from time to time don’t seem to be very purpose. In maximum circumstances, they’re propelled through very ulterior motives to distract HYPREP. However, we are open to seem into any allegation that has been made in opposition to any of our companions within the ministry.

“So if there are concrete evidence that shows that indeed there are embezzlement, of course, you and I know that this President will never take lightly to that kind of allegations and we will be able to handle it decisively.”