BY Ajadi Daniel

The Federal Government has awarded contract for early works on the Second Niger Bridge linking Delta and Anambra states and emergency repairs at the Tamburawa Bridge in Kano State at a total cost of N16.3 billion.

This was made known in a statement on Tuesday by the Assistant Director of Information in the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing.

According to him, the contract for the second Niger Bridge was awarded to Julius Berger(Nig) Ltd at a cost of N14.4 billion.

Abdullahi noted that contract for emergency repairs at the Tamburawa bridge in Dawakin Kudu Local Government Area of Kano State was awarded to Borini Prono and Co. (Nig.) Ltd at a total cost of N1.9 billion.

He said that the existing Niger Bridge, inaugurated on Jan, 4, 1966 had severely been overstressed, adding that its continued serviceability could not be assured.

Abdullahi added that the scope of work for the emergency repairs of Tamburawa Bridge would involve the use of rock-filled gabion protection with reno mattresses, fitters and embarkment protection to the abutments.

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