Julius Berger de­nies stop­ping work on 2nd Niger Bridge

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Fran­cis Arinze Iloani

Con­struc­tion gi­ant Julius Berger and the Nige­rian Sov­er­eign In­vest­ment Author­ity’s (NSIA) sub­sidiary, NSIA Mo­tor­ways In­vest­ment Com­pany (NMIC), yes­ter­day re­futed spec­u­la­tions that they have aban­doned work on the site of the Sec­ond River Niger Bridge.

The con­sor­tium, which was the pre­ferred bid­der for the de­vel­op­ment of the Sec­ond River Niger Bridge Project, said in a state­ment that “re­ports sug­gest­ing that work on the bridge has been sus­pended due to non­com­pli­ance of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws rep­re­sent in­ac­cu­rate and mis­con­strued in­for­ma­tion.”

The state­ment jointly signed by the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer (CEO) of NSIA, Uche Orji and the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor (MD) of Julius Berger, Wolf­gang Goetsch fur­ther read: “Con­trary to re­cent re­ports, work on the Sec­ond River Niger Bridge Project con­tinue to progress ac­cord­ing to sched­ule, to en­sure timely com­ple­tion of the Bridge, which is set to be ex­e­cuted un­der the Pub­lic Pri­vate Part­ner­ship (PPP) ar­range­ment for a con­ces­sional pe­riod of 25 years through the De­sign, Build, Fi­nance, Op­er­ate and Trans­fer (DBFOT) model.”

The state­ment said Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has com­menced full mo­bil­i­sa­tion to site and timely ex­e­cu­tion of all sched­uled ac­tiv­i­ties is an­tic­i­pated.

It said the Con­sor­tium would com­ply with Nige­rian En­vi­ron­men­tal Laws in ex­e­cut­ing the project in line with the an­tic­i­pated time for com­ple­tion.

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan re­cently flagged off the con­struc­tion of the Sec­ond River Niger Bridge on Onit­sha in Anam­bra State with many Nige­ri­ans ex­press­ing pes­simism that the project could be aban­doned as was the case with pre­vi­ous at­tempts.

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